Salt – it flavors, it preserves, and it heals.
As a teacher, I’ve explained salt and its uses numerous times through the years. Salt = NaCl – sodium and chlorine -two basic elements combined to form basic table salt, a very stable compound. As one author put it . . .
The chemical bond is very tight. You see, sodium and chlorine are happy to become one and share their one electron. Things work out really well for them…they are like the happily married couple that just loves to be married, not matter what hits the fan.
Hmmm . . . I had never thought of salt that way. But I like the idea of my sweet husband and me being like salt!
Around our home, salt is a needed basic commodity. From our early morning eggs, to the evening meal, and everywhere in between, salt is sprinkled on most of what we eat to help bring out the flavors of whatever it is we’re cooking/eating. And so it should be in marriage – each of us should bring out the best in the other.
As a preservative, salt has also been used throughout the centuries. Longevity for the long haul. Its purpose was to keep meats and other foods from spoiling over time, eventually rotting and decaying. And in my marriage, I’m part of the “curing process” – protecting it from anything that could cause destruction in our relationship. By holding on tight to The Word and His Promises, we can stand against the anticipated attacks from an enemy who enjoys, actually gets his kicks, bringing division and doubt into relationships.
Ever had salt on a cut or a wound? It stings like crazy. Why? Because the salt acts like an antiseptic killing the bad stuff that is there. It’s a healing agent and helps restore. And so it should be in a marriage. We need to be there to build each other up, not tear each other down. Words are powerful. Tones are powerful. Looks are powerful. Attitudes are powerful. Silence is powerful. But if we love, like Christ loves us . . . then loving brings healing and restoration.
In the Scripture times of the Sermon on the Mount, salt was so valuable that Roman soldiers would be paid in salt. The people listening to Jesus understood what He was saying when he called the believers, ‘salt of the earth.’ They understood like salt, they had good to offer the world.
Salt by itself is pure. It loses its saltiness not through subtraction, but through addition. It’s no longer pure. The good flavor, its usefulness, is compromised.
Result: The useless salt is thrown out and spread over the ground, where it can destroy and kill any vegetation it comes in contact with. Nothing can grow there. And eventually people just trample all the deadness, the uselessness into the ground. So it can be in marriage.
So like salt, in my marriage and most importantly in my Walk, I want to preserve what is pure by not taking on the things of this world that desperately want to contaminate us. That means each and every day I have to renew my heart and my mind to the Truth of His Word.
I want a marriage that is worth its salt . . .
because of the overflow of the saltiness of my walk with my Creator.