Colossians 4:6 - Speaking with Grace Seasoned with Salt.

Colossians 4:6 - Speaking with Grace Seasoned with Salt.

Colossians 4:6 (KJV) Let your speech be alway with grace, 
seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 

Colossians 4:6 (EAV) Let your speech at all times be gracious 
(pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may 
never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a 
question to you]. 

   "The mouth speaks what the heart is full of" (Luke 6:45). We 
can't claim our hearts are kind if our words are unkind. We can't 
claim our hearts embrace heaven's values if our mouths profess the 
world's values. The heart is a reservoir and the mouth is a faucet. When 
the faucet is turned on, whatever is in the reservoir comes out.  
   Paul tells us to season our speech carefully. Elsewhere he 
urges us not to let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but 
rather to build others up according to their needs (see Ephesians 
4:29). The goal is not to filter our speech, but to have speech that 
doesn't need to be filtered. If our mouths show symptoms of discontent 
or a bitter heart, we need to deal with the problem at the deepest 
levels.[NIV Once A Day Bible] 

   Jesus said, "Whatever is in your heart determines what you 
say" (Matthew 12:34, January 18). Now that your heart has been 
cleansed and changed because of your new relationship with Jesus, the 
words you say are going to change as well. 
   What does wise speech look like? Wise speech is made up of 
words that are encouraging, uplifting, kind, and caring. Wise speech 
gives good and helpful advice. Words are wise when they are well 
considered before they are spoken, or are silent when silence is required. 
Words are wise when they are filled with good motives and speak only 
the truth. 
   As you seek to please God with your words, trust his Spirit 
to help you. It may take time, so don't get discouraged. Perhaps 
you've been used to gossiping, using coarse language, or speaking 
harshly to others. Those habits will die hard, but the Spirit will go to 
work on your words, helping you take control of what you say and how 
you say it. He will help you to use the "wise speech" that this 
proverb describes. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re Pro.16:23]