I have had the privilege of speaking to various people about my faith. Some were unbelievers, others were religious people, some just needed help in understanding God’s word better. With each person, I had to speak to them in a way that they understood. One Bible commentator translates this verse: “Let your speech always be with gracious charm, seasoned with the salt of wit, so that you will know the right answer to give in every case.”
But the point Paul was making here is we must be able to have a pleasant and wise conversation so that we may be able to speak accordingly to each person according to their needs. We need to be relevant to today’s time but not compromise what God’s word says. Peter, in 1 Peter 3:15, says to always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. Paul, in 2 Timothy 4:2, says to preach the word! And to be ready in season and out of season.
It is important to know what God’s word says so that you can be ready to give the right answer to anyone that might come your way.