The Essentiality of an Internal and an External Life - Part Three

“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
 
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been considering three principles to practice that will promote intimacy with God.  The first principle was watch and pray. We must be watching and praying if we want our will to reveal that we desire a relationship with God and are interested in Him. Second, we should also be walking in wisdom to know how to please the Lord and walk in His ways. Finally, we will discuss advancing Godly words or speech.
 
Usually when a person hears the word “payday” it promotes a positive reaction due to the expectation of receiving something. I mean who doesn’t want a “PAYDAY”? However, capturing the context is critical with this communication.  I am not referencing a payment for the pocket book. I am referring to a PAYDAY candy bar!  When I need to placate my palate’s taste for something sweet and salty, I say: “Pay the man with a PAYDAY!” There is something to say about the spectacular succulent and salivating combo of sweet and salty served up in a PAYDAY candy bar. A PAYDAY candy bar includes a center of usually firm caramel which is then rolled in lightly salted peanuts.
 
You might be surprised to find out that PAYDAY is one of the older candy bar brands in the country; first produced by Hollywood Brands, Inc. in 1932. During the depression bars like PAYDAY were popular both because they a hopeful name in a devastating economic downturn and high calorie count (mostly from fat and protein). The sweet and salty sensation was actually eaten as a meal replacement. The brand has switched hands a few times (as shown in the Hershey’s timeline) but still remains mainly unchanged even though now it is made by Hershey’s.
 
Just as a PAYDAY is known for its salty and sweet combination, the Apostle Paul encourages believers to also have similar components in our speech. He points us to practicing speech that is gracious (sweet) and seasoned with salt. This type of salt that I identify with the four “P: rating: Pleasing -Preserving- Penetrating - Pure.  The preferred type of speech for a follower of Christ should be pleasing to the Lord and His People; act as a preservative in a polluted world, penetrating to pierce a proud heart and purewith the perspective and purpose of Heaven.  
 
Paul’s position was that Christians should answer people’s inquiries from Biblical truth and that they would purpose to work at knowing how to communicate those answers to those who are outside the family of God. How we speak has a lot to do with our position on Biblical truth, so we must let our speech always be with grace and salt. Sweet and Salty.  It’s time for a PAYDAY!

For the Glory of God,
 
PBKSR