Why is it Important to Live Salty and Sweet?

A couple of days ago, our Scripture Writing List (list archives found at the bottom of your email) landed upon one of the great points Jesus made in His Sermon on the Mount. I like how The Message paraphrase reads,

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”

Jesus Christ — Matthew 5:13 (MSG)

Jesus’ words had me pondering, just what He wants us to do when we read Scripture. How does a salty life look?

Wound Healer: Have you ever soaked a cut in saltwater? My dentist hardily endorses salt water rinses for mouth and gum issues. Salt heals. When we are using our gift of saltiness, God will use us to help restore hurting people. Our presence will bring hope.

Flavor Enhancer: Do you know folks that seem to bring peace with them? Their arrival affects the atmosphere of the situation. They don’t overpower us, they bring out the best in us. We want what they have. They point us to Jesus.

Nutrient Source: The minerals in salt bring proper balance to our bodies. When we live a salty life, we bring balance. Our connection to The Bread of Life (John 6:35) is the spiritual food we need to live an abundant life. When we fill with His food, we can feed others.

Our challenge in living a salty life is total surrender to Jesus. When we say, Here I am. Use me., then, we can help heal, enhance, and offer spiritual food to those around us.

But should we be salty and sweet?

Writing about living salty reminds me of how important living sweet is to our Christian walk. I don’t know how you feel about it, but a little salty and sweet make the best chocolate and the best characteristics of a surrendered life.

Scripture (Galatians 5:22-23) verifies that kindness and gentleness are attributes of the fruit of the Spirit and are intrical to being the salt of the earth. One needs the other to be authentic.

These verses in Proverbs confirm the benefits of sweetness: Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 15:23. Proverbs 12:18. I hope you can find time to read a few.

One of the ways I’m tryin’ to live salty and sweet is to spread hope through writing. My friend, Jana Kennedy-Spicer, gives me another opportunity to share the hope found I in Jesus Christ by collaborating with Sweet to the Soul Ministries.

Jana chose Proverbs 16:24 as the foundational verse for her ministry.

Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)

The Sweet to the Soul ministry team just published their first full-color magazine — FAITH. I am so honored to be part of the writing staff. I really try to ensure that any ministry I collaborate with lines up with my Christian beliefs. Knowing what you believe and standing firm in those beliefs has never been more important. This is one of the reasons I am tickled pink to collaborate with Jana and Sweet to the Soul because of her strong biblical foundation (Check out her “What We Believe” page.) Below is a little about the magazine. Isn’t that cover gorgeous!? It’s jam-packed with goodness.

This is not just another magazine. It is one that you will keep on your bookshelf, just like you would a favorite devotional. I really hope you will grab a copy. I’m not compensated for your purchase. I want to share a great resource with you.

Here’s the purchase link — FAITH Magazine And if you do pick one up, please message me and let me know what you think when it arrives. A little about the magazine below.

Summer 2021: The Inspire Journal
FAITH Magazine

Sweet To The Soul FAITH is a Brand new magazine for Women Inspiring Generations for the Kingdom of God.

Published quarterly, each full color issue is centralized around a theme with specific focus on three Biblical topics.

Filled with over 120 pages and a variety of content in multiple formats:
Devotionals
Articles
Bible Study & Prayer resources
Christian Fiction
Scripture & Prayer cards to share
Bible Journaling
Color Pages & Puzzles
Recipes…and so much more!

Each issue inspires and challenges the reader to answer the call placed on today’s Christian women to be Kingdom influencers within their families and communities.

Being salty and sweet seems to be an even bigger challenge for us today. I heard someone say that they were asked did they need the Holy Spirit to be saved? Their answer, “We need the Holy Spirit to go to Walmart.” Truth, right there. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can help heal, enhance, and feed those around us through the love and kindness of Jesus. We can be salty and sweet.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you Carmen. I loved this article/devotional/Bible Study. When I was a young girl I wondered how salt could lose it saltiness because I had never had any salt that was not salty. I looked it up and it is by becoming diluted with water or some other chemical and having the chloride (?) removed or by fire. So it is very imperative that we stay in the word of God and maintain our faith through prayer and studying the Word of God and listening to Spirit filled teachers. Surrounding ourselves with like minded people. You are blessed my friend and so are we who subscribe.

    1. Thank you, Judy, for your kind words. Your description of how salt can lose its saltiness is wonderful. I am going to remember it and use it to help others understand. I am so grateful for your friendship and support.

  2. Thanks, sister for these thought provoking words. Being a salt lover, I only thought of it in terms of flavoring food. But, I will remember more than that when I reach for the salt shaker. Love you!