Salt is a very interesting compound. Most common version we are familiar with is Sodium Chloride which is your run of the mill table salt, it acts as flavoring but not just that, it can also be used as a preservative. Even in ancient History the Roman army took a liking to salt. In ancient cultures it could even be medicinal to treat wounds. It has the ability to dry things out and its PH properties make it an unsuitable envirornment for micro organisms. One of the basic components germs need is moisture as well as proper PH, therefor salt indeed did make great medicinal treatment for wounds.
Jesus called his followers to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13) “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..
And the Apostle Paul penned these words in Colossians 4:6 “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
Christians are indeed called to be salt and be a preservative in a decaying and dying society of sin, not only so, but when we share with others we are called to have conversation that is “full of grace” Are words should be true and accurate but flavored with the love of Jesus. Some Christians, even with good intentions sometimes, share Christ in the most unpalatable way. We should never change the gospel but we can improve our methods of conversing with the lost people. People more often then not “don’t care until they know you truly care” and most often friendships and rapport are very helpful.
Titus 2:10 says that we should in essence make the gospel message attractive without changing the truth. ” 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”- In essence, this verse implies, “don’t do things that would give Christ or his reputation a bad rap. Do things that glorify Jesus as much in your actions as you do with your words”
How else can we do this? We do this by showing love and respect to others but keeping the message of faith in Christ and repentance of sin the same but not blowing it with how we behave or react to opposition. It’s a powerful message when one is ridiculed, rejected and persecuted and they respond in kindness instead of angry retaliation. Another key is, we are also called to be at peace with other believers, Jesus said “Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Christians will not always see eye to eye do to personality differences and what not but we are to love each other as our own selves. We are on the same team, if Joe Bob ends up making the touch down instead of you, rejoice over his success. If Jane Doe gets the promotion when you didn’t be glad for her. As scripture says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn”
If you disagree with a brother or sister in the Lord, then share with them your love and acceptance regardless. If it’s not scriptural than show them scripture that shows that but still love them even if they don’t listen or are on the same page, and continue to pray for God’s best in their life. God has a way of correcting his children’s faulty thinking and we can’t always persuade them but He can, so we must pray for them to see what God is trying to show them. Ask forgiveness when necessary and be willing to quickly forgive.
Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.