“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50
The way people communicate continues to change as technology changes. We live in a fast-paced society. People used to spend more time together with their families and friends. If they couldn’t see each other, they would call or write a letter. Today people use Skype, texts, Twitter and Facebook and other online methods to keep up with each other. This is a great for families spread apart, employees and employers who travel on business, and people on the go with busy schedules. It is less personal, however, and because of this fact we may say things we would never say to person’s face or on the telephone.
I am guilty of being a Facebook fanatic. Let’s face it, I’m on Facebook several times a day. No matter which social network you are plugged into, or how you choose to communicate with others, you need to be careful about what you say. I see a lot of people barrage others with negative comments and hardly ever say anything positive. There are those that use profane language or use abbreviations to take the Lord’s name in vain. Do we really need to use “OMG” or “ROTFLMAO” to express ourselves? Some people write derogatory comments or are highly critical of others. Some people even try to impose their beliefs upon others and then get mad if someone disagrees with them. What kind of message is this sending other believers and non-Christians?
“Pass the salt, please.” Salt makes everything a little better. Salt is a mineral. It is mentioned often in the Bible as a seasoning for food; something we still use today. (Perhaps a little too liberally!) Since the common man had no fridge back then, he used salt to preserve his food. If someone had a wound, salt was used to disinfect it. There are many other uses for salt, and I encourage you to look them up sometime. In the New Testament, salt is often used as a metaphor for how Christians can do good on this Earth. Matthew 5:13 says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” What good are we to furthering the work of God on Earth, if we do not live as a Christ-like example for others to follow?
In our everyday lives, let’s sprinkle some salt! Below are 10 basic Biblical guidelines for good communication followed by scripture.
1. Encourage and edify one another. “Let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
2. Revere the name of God. “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7
3. Do not cause someone to stumble. “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” Romans 14:13
4. Seek to unite, not divide. “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There isone body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:1-6
5. Share the love of God. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
6. Point people to God. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
7. Offer wise counsel. “Folly brings joy to one who has no sense, but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!” Proverbs 15:21-23
8. Pray with one another. “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:13-16
9. Help others with their needs. “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
10. Remember Christians are set apart. “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 1As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” John 17:17-19
No one is perfect. We all struggle to be like Christ at times, but we are called to serve Him with every aspect of our lives. People should see the love and light of God shining in us and through us. Do they want the salt you are offering, if it is at all being offered? If we do not live a life after God’s own heart, how will anyone notice Christians are different, or desire to have a relationship with God?
Pray this Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me even when I was a wretched person doing evil. Thank you that you have sent the Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Help me to do good and show the love of God in all my different forms of communication. May I sprinkle salt on this Earth instead of something less pleasing. May others be encouraged by my words and actions. Please help me to point people to You when they need help. May I do what I can to help others too. I pray that I will live life as a Christ-like example set apart for You. Amen.”