Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Our speech, the words of our mouth are to always flow out of a well of grace or out of gratitude. The grace of God exhibits itself in our life through speech that comes out of gratitude. When we are grateful for the LORD’s presence in our life we are able to be gracious, loving and kind to all around us. It was Jesus’ gratitude for life that allowed Him to walk through this world healing, delivering, feeding and ministering to all even though the vast majority never really understood who He was and eventually turned on Him and crucified Him. When bitterness is flowing out of our mouth it is because we aren’t really grateful for the LORD’s presence in our life and how He is running things.
Our speech is to be seasoned with salt. When food is seasoned with salt it brings together and enhances all the different ingredients of a particular dish so that the taste is sharper and clearer than if salt were not used. Salt also preserves food. Salt is a picture of our trust in and our loyalty to the LORD. Just as salt cleanses, enhances taste and preserves food, so does a relationship of trust and loyalty between us and the LORD cleanse, enhance the taste of and makes palatable our words to others. When we trust the LORD and are loyal to Him in all situations, that gratitude and graciousness is easy to hear in our words.
When we are a gracious person who trusts in the LORD and is loyal to Him in all things, we will know and understand how to answer every person. Luke 12:11-12, And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
A relationship of loyalty and trust between me and the LORD results in the Holy Ghost being there and showing me what to say when I find myself in situations demanding an answer.