“For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt. Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavour, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.” - Mark 9:49-50
Salt is a preservative and also brings out flavours and is a very necessary ingredient when cooking with fire. The Holy Spirit comes symbolically as fire to purify and empower us. Without Him as our Helper we can do nothing. He convicts of sin and enables us to live a life of purity.
On the day of Pentecost, when 120 believers, came together to worship and pray, the Holy Spirit came upon them with cloven tongues of fire. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. They were empowered by the Holy Spirit and their reliance on Him was obvious in the birth of the early church and the ministry of the apostles.
Jesus makes it clear that there will be fiery trials and testing that we will all have to pass through. These trials help bring us to maturity and are a necessity in spiritual growth. This fiery process of seasoning with fire is something that cannot be avoided if Christian character is to be formed.
Without salt many foods are tasteless. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had lost the seasoning that gives flavour to their faith. Love is what flavours the gospel and the Holy Spirit sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts so we, in turn, can share God’s amazing love for humanity.
Dear Father, I give You thanks for the Holy Spirit, who has come as my Guide, Helper and Teacher. May Your love be manifest through me today and help me to be at peace with everyone.