A. Watch clip about uses of salt:
B. Let me share some interesting facts about salt from Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia.
1. Salt - Chemical name is Sodium Chloride NaCl.
2. Most widely used as a food and seasoning, as such is an essential part of the human diet (although we don't need as much as we as American's usually consume).
3. Widely used as a preservative for meats.
4. Is used in some refrigeration processes, in dyeing, and in the manufacture of soaps and glass.
Trans. Today we will look at it as a preservative.
I. Let's look at some ways our speech is not seasoned with salt.
A. Gossiping - telling something bad on someone!
1. It could be true, but if it isn't necessary, it is still gossip.
2. Gossip tears down another's reputation! Just the opposite of preserving!
B. Have you ever saw people that liked to use their speech to ag people on?
1. Someone tells them about something that happened!
2. They respond with, "Boy, I wouldn't let them push me around that way; I'd give them a piece of my mind! They think they know it all! They think they are better than you!" etc.
3. Before you know it, unless the first person is really disciplined, he/she will get worked up to the point of doing something, but it might be the wrong thing to do!
4. Again speech has been used to destroy and not preserve!
C. The negative tongue!
1. "You can't do anything right!"
2. "You can't do that; you'll mess it up!"
3. "Your stupid!"
4. Children's ability to learn and confidence in themselves to achieve are greatly reduced if they have parents that are negative toward them!
5. Adults are affected also!
a) If we have a boss that is an encourager, we will try hard to please, but if our boss is negative we will figure what's the use; he/she won't be happy anyway!
b) One goal of marriage should be to help our partner to become the best he/she can be for God and for themselves. We can't do that if we are negative!
6. If we are negative about people, again, our speech has been used to destroy and not preserve!
II. Let's look at some ways our speech can be seasoned with salt!
A. By trying to always find something good to say about someone or not say anything about them at all!
1. Unless it is to someone that can help the situation and with the intent of helping. 90% of the time it is not!
2. This way our speech has been used to preserve someone's reputation and not to destroy!
3. I'm talking about idle talk, not when someone asks for a reference, etc.
B. By being a peacemaker!
1. Matt. 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
2. Instead of trying to ag someone on, we try to bring peace and help them to put themselves in the other persons shoes, so they can understand why the other person acted the way they did!
3. This way our speech has been used to preserve a friendship!
C. By being positive.
1. By helping people realize they can do things! By being an encourager!
2. Remember and remind others of Phil. 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me!"
D. Be ready to preserve people's souls by pointing them to Christ!
I Peter 3:15b "... be ready always to give an answer to every [person] that asketh you a reason of
the hope that is in you with meekness and
E. Our speech seasoned with salt can be the best witness we can have!
1. It can help our personal ministry!
a. What we say.
b. What we post online.
2. It can help the ministry of our church and our witness in the community!
A. Is your speech usually seasoned with salt?
B. Is it used to preserve or destroy?
C. Do you need to come up and ask Christ to help you?