“Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 NLT
SWEET TO THE SOUL
“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Honey is an amazing superfood God that created for man’s benefit. It isn’t just sweet to the taste, it has many nutritional properties for overall health.
Our words should be the same. They should cause others to feel glad they spent time in our company and heard us speak. Our words should build others up: (Ephesians 4:29)
Have you ever been feeling low and then felt lifted just by a few kind, well timed and sincere words of encouragement? I have, and I remember those times with gratitude to the friends who encouraged me and to the The Lord, who sent them, just when I needed them.
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
The words we speak can cut others to shreds or bring healing and comfort.
Proverbs 12:18 says: “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.”
Kind and gracious words have an instant effect on just about any person. They go into the ears and soul and can make the heart feel enlivened and bring a spring to the step of the person.
A person who has been feeling low can feel restored in a few seconds just by the words that come from your lips, when you allow wisdom to guide your speech: Proverbs 16:23 “From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.”
Proverbs 18:20-21 “Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction.
In this world, where the general attitude is ‘give me what I’m due’, there’s not really an awful lot of love or wisdom out there.
We can choose today, to let our words heal and comfort others.
If you feel you lack wisdom, God invites you to ask him for wisdom (James 1:5)
It’s really not that hard to make a difference to another person’s day. Do you have a complaint to make with a customer service department? You can still do it, but with grace and kindness in your tone over the phone. Or try smiling at the tired looking lady behind the checkout in the supermarket – even ask her something about herself, or pay her a (sincere) compliment. You’ll be surprised at the response.
Take time to listen to a friend in need, without interrupting to share your own problems, all the while asking God to give you wisdom.
And he has said he will.
Let’s pour out the honey in our speech today!
Jill McIlreavy 💜