Salt of the Earth

You are the salt of the earth
Matthew 5:13a

I’ve given devotionals on this verse.  I have talked about the use of salt to preserve, to prevent corruption, and to add flavour.  Recently I read another devotional on this verse.  This one said that salt was irritating.

Irritating!  I am sure that God doesn’t want us to be irritating, or does He?

Salt is irritating.  If you have gotten salt on a cut, you were irritated by it.  When you have a sore throat and you gargle with salt water, your throat stings.  After your throat is better and you gargle, it doesn’t sting; it just tastes nasty.  The reason for the difference is that the sore throat is caused by an infection.  The salt is just working to remove that infection, and it hurts.

If we are salt, we may be irritating.  It is sin in our lives that is irritated by the “salt.”  We get irritated by people at times.  I wonder if many of those times it is because of the “salt” irritating our sin.  What is being said by the person may relate to the sin that we need to deal with.  It is also possible, I have found, that the sin that needs to dealt with is not at all related with the situation.  The Lord is working through that situation to get your attention.  I am learning that when I get irritated to stop and ask the Lord to show me what sin in my life is being irritated by the “salt.”  I suggest taking care of the sin right away.  It isn’t worth it to try to convince the Lord that He is wrong, because He is always right.

It is also possible that we may be the “salt” in someone else’s life.  We may have to say something to this person that we know will be irritating.  Two things to avoid:  deliberately irritating language and manners and avoiding the situation.  Our speech needs to kind, loving, and humble.  We also should not avoid doing that God wants us to do – just make sure that it is God who is behind it and not just  emotions.  If we have to speak to someone in a “salty” way, we should ask the Lord to help us to speak with grace and to ask Him to work in the other person’s life.

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt,
so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
Colossians 4:6

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved,
put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other,
whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you,
so also should you.  Beyond all these things put on love,
which is the perfect bond of unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Colossians 3:12-15

“You are the salt of the earth.”  Be willing to be irritated sometimes, and be willing to lovingly irritate others at times.  In all things may we drawn closer to God as we turn from sin.

 

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