In my time with God this morning my “Proverb of the day” was 16:24, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb; sweet to the taste and health to the body.” These words really stuck with me as I considered the opportunity and responsibility of our words. All too often I am casual with my speech and never consider the true impact of what I am saying. I think we are all somewhat trained to say what we “think and feel” without giving much genuine or intentional thought behind the language so often communicated via the emotion of the moment. There is power in our words to bless or curse.
Yesterday, while playing with my son, my daughter casually said, “I love you daddy.” I didn’t hear her so she said it again but I didn’t hear her the second time either. I suppose this was one of those moments I was exercising my “gift” of tuning out everything around me except what is right in front of me. My wife spoke up for my little girl and said, “Daddy, she is trying to tell you something!” Then I heard her sweet voice as she told me once more that she loved me. My heart of course melts when she says these words all on her own instead of repeating them back to me. Her words were pleasant, sweet as a honeycomb and health to my body. She was in that moment a living example of the Proverb I read this morning.
I think all of us have the potential to be a fulfillment of this Proverb if we would only take the opportunity to be intentional with our words. Someone in your world today needs a pleasant word spoken to them. A word which might be “sweet as honey” and “life to their body.” A word which would encourage, strengthen and bless their day. That word “bless” carries with it the idea of “happiness.” Make someone happy today. What could possibly keep you form the opportunity to do so? Make someone’s day. Love someone with your words.
As much as each day carries with it an opportunity for blessing it also carries the opportunity for cursing. Be careful what you say. Understand the responsibility of your speech and the impact it can make on those around you. Think before you speak and don’t be ruled by your emotions in the moment. Be a blessing, sweet and life not a curse, bitterness or death. Be the light of Christ instead!
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