But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)

The slang term “salty” is defined by the Urban Dictionary as someone who is “angry, agitated, or upset”. Half-jokingly my son and coworkers refer to me lately as “salty”. I rationalize that I’m getting assertive as I age but the truth is I’m quick to point out things I don’t like, make snide comments under my breath, and in general, I’ve become less grace-filled than I think I used to be.

Reading my Bible this morning, God revealed something about myself I needed to see: I have allowed the anger and vitriol of the outside world to creep its way into my conversation and even deeper still, into my heart.

If you haven’t noticed, the world is in a constant state of anger. It is possible that life has always been this way, but with 24-hour news, social media platforms that never take a break, and the globe at our fingertips, we are confronted with this outrage every minute, every day.

It takes effort on our part not to be pulled under. Repaying “salt” with “salt” is both unhelpful and, worse, un-biblical.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Clearly “salty-ness” is nowhere on this list.

Today let’s agree to be the “salt of the earth” instead of the angry mob. And with God’s help, I pray that change begins with me.

Lord, help me today to watch my words and actions. Let me be a voice of love and grace, gentle and kind. Show me how to counter hatred with the love that comes only from You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.