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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Salt and Pepper (07/24/14)

TITLE: How's Our Talk?
By Verna Cole Mitchell
07/29/14


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With her hands over her ears, my daughter said to her little son, “La, la, la, la, I can’t hear you when you whine.”

“Hmmm,” I said to myself, “I wish I’d thought of that one when you were a little girl!"

Paul said in Colossians 4:6: Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to everyone. (NIV)

There are so many ways, in addition to whining and complaining, that our talk is peppered with words other than the salt of grace. The fire of the pepper in angry or hurtful words to others can leave indelible marks. In his poem “Primer Lesson,” Carl Sandburg referred to them as “proud words” that are like long boots, hard boots that can’t hear you when you try to call them back.

Other conversation displeasing to God includes: swearing, lying, gossip, and criticism.

Psalm 147:1 declares that the sacrifice of praise is more pleasing to the Lord than any ceremonial sacrifice. Surely, praise offered to God has the very best seasoning.

With the salt of grace, we can respond to others with words of forgiveness, of encouragement, of kindness, and of instruction in righteousness.

If instead of using peppery words of evil, we would always speak with words of grace, God would never have need to say to us, “I can’t hear you.”


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CD Swanson 08/02/14
Beautifully done and well said.

God bless~
Dave Walker 08/03/14
A very relevant, well written devotional applicable, these days, as much to the written word where Christian interaction in blogging debates can be embarrassingly vitriolic.
Judith Gayle Smith08/04/14
Short, but masterfully sweet.
Phillip Cimei 08/04/14
Very well written.

Short and to the point.

Good job.

God bless
Rachel Barrett08/05/14
I really liked that. Your opening was great and I loved how you brought the end right back to it. The brevity just made each statement more powerful.
Bea Edwards 08/06/14
Very wise devotional. Words are containers of power.
Beth LaBuff 08/08/14
I like the phrase "fire of pepper" you used. It is doubly descriptive for this excellent devotion! Super writing here!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/09/14
Congratulations on ranking 15 overall! Happy Dance!