Sweet Words

honeyProverbs 16:24 says, “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (NLT)

Of course this is true; it’s part of God’s Word. But I can attest to it being true experientially, also. How many times have I found new strength in kind, encouraging words? Far too many to count or remember.

I am afraid, however, that even though I mentally know this is true and have many times even experienced the truth of these words, too often I run in the opposite direction. Too frequently my words can be cutting and demeaning.

Some will say that it’s okay. Such words don’t really mean anything. After all, a jovial put-down is merely fun jesting between friends, right? Yet a constant barrage of such cutting remarks can wound even the stoutest warrior.

No one really wants to be the butt of a joke. There is not one of us who wants to hear a steady stream of our failures or shortcomings. But kind words we cherish.

I encourage you today to choose your words very carefully. Make them kind words, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

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