Honeycomb

Pleasant words are a honeycomb,

Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

 

—Proverbs 16:24

 

Would you like to bring healing to someone today?

It is quite possible that the kind words you speak will:

Bind up a wounded heart.

Give hope in the midst of despair.

Bring laughter when tears have recently fallen.

Deliver strength to a weary mind–

Pleasant words.

Caring words.

Sincere words.

Loving words.

Words that God would want you to speak.

Would you like to bring healing to someone today?

 

 

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Only What is Helpful

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It was quiet as I walked by the small grove.

Looking up, I saw a mockingbird sitting silently in the branch of an orange tree.

For some reason, he wasn’t in the mood for talking.

It seems like when I notice them most is when they are.

Since they “mock” other birds’ calls, it’s a little bit hard for me to recognize that I am hearing a mockingbird.

They will repeat what one bird might say for a few seconds, then switch to the voice of another completely different bird.

I wonder if a mockingbird has a call that is all its own, other than just saying what it has heard?

As humans, we each have a voice.

We can choose to use it wisely…..or not.

We can choose to use it to be kind.

To be encouraging.

To be helpful.

To build worth in other people.

We can also choose to just say things we’ve heard others say, without giving attention to what effect our words may have on those who hear them.

We each have a voice—a voice God has given us.

How does He want us to use it?

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Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

—Ephesians 4:29

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Only Helpful Words

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“This call may be recorded for quality assurance.”

How many times have I heard this recording or something similar after dialing the number of a business?

It doesn’t really matter what business it is anymore; you could be calling your doctor, the electric company or a fabric store.

It seems that everyone is concerned about “quality assurance.”

Well, now.

Exactly what is quality?

And how do they propose to achieve assurance of it by recording your conversation?

I have my own thoughts about the answer to that question, but the whole idea brings up a different, parallel thought.

What if every time you had a conversation with anyone in person or on the phone, you both heard a little musical tone and then the words, “This conversation is being recorded for quality assurance?”

Would that have any effect on what words you chose to say?

How about the tone of voice you used to say them with?

If someone could actually play back your conversation, would you think twice about your role in the exchange?

The truth is, your conversations ARE being recorded.

Not exactly by an electronic source, but recorded, none the less.

First of all, God hears every word.

He remembers everything, so He will always know what you have said.

Secondly, the people you are talking to at any moment often remember the words that you are saying to them, even when you may forget.

Thirdly, if even for a short time, you are recording in your own mind what escapes from your mouth.

Five minutes later or the next day, week or year, you may still be very aware of your part in a past conversation.

For me, I think it would be a good idea if I always spoke as if my words were being recorded—

not just for quality assurance, but to please God.

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Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.

—Ephesians 4:29

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About Such Things

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Does it matter to God what words we say?

Does it matter to God what thoughts we think?

Does it matter to God how we treat others?

Does it matter to God how we treat ourselves?

Does it matter to God what we allow ourselves to listen to?

Does it matter to God what we choose to bring into our minds through our eyes?

Does it matter to God if we are obedient to Him?

Does it matter to God if we are respectful to other people?

Does it matter to God?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

—Philippians 4:8

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Kind Words Bring Life

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What if all the things we said to people were written with a permanent marker on their faces?

What if we were the only ones who could see what we had said?

We would be happy and relieved to see things like, “I love you” written there.

Or things like—

“You’re doing a great job!”

“I will be there for you.”

“I will pray for you.”

“You are such a good friend.”

But how would we feel when we saw someone and read things like–

“I hate you.”

“You are so stupid! Can’t you do this job right?”

“I don’t have time for you.”

We surely forget many of the things we say to others.

What if weeks or years go by before we see them again, and then suddenly there they are–with those things that we said to them written all over their faces.

We may forget.

But sometimes, they don’t.

If you have said positive, loving things, you are both encouraged.

If you have said negative, hurtful things, you are both likely to feel regret and pain.

Our words begin in our thoughts and emotions.

What kind of words does God want written on the person you are talking to?

Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit.

—Proverbs 15:4

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Secret Motives

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Why?

Why did they say that?

Why did they do that?

Why are they acting this way?

You’ve probably asked yourself these questions many times.

It could have been concerning family, friends, neighbors or coworkers.

It could have been concerning people you’d heard of in the news.

At times, we might think we know the answer to our questions already.

We consider what we know about the situations and the personalities involved.

We then form a possible conclusion for the words or actions.

This can be for good words and actions as well as the bad ones.

But do we really know why?

I don’t think so.

Only God sees the hearts of men and women, boys and girls.

People.

People like you and me.

And sometimes, we find ourselves asking the “why” questions about our own actions and words.

Haven’t you ever thought,

“Why did I say that?”

“Why did I do that?”

We may become confused about our own behavior, but God isn’t.

He knows us.

He really knows us.

Much, much better than we know ourselves.

That being said, He knows everyone else better than we do.

Much, much better.

Better than they even know themselves.

It’s okay to ask, “why?” when we are wondering about the actions of others or ourselves.

It’s even better, if we truly want to understand, to ask God to reveal to us the answer to the “why?”

He may choose not to tell us, but since He is the only One who actually knows, He is the only One who could actually give us the perfect answer.

Our words and actions begin in our hearts.

It is there that God sees who we are, with nothing hidden.

“But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”

—Jeremiah 17:10

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Sweetness to the Soul

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Driving along the highway, I couldn’t help but notice the sunflowers.

THOUSANDS of sunflowers!

On and on they went as I passed the green and yellow carpet of blooms that reached confidently toward the sky.

Each flower, giant and golden, began with a planted seed.

 

What if every time I said a kind or thoughtful word to someone a sunflower would be planted on an acre of land?

What if one could be planted every time I spoke to someone about God?

Within one year, what would that acre of ground look like?

If I were allowed to see it, would I cry tears of joy at a beautiful crop of yellow petals?

Or would I cry tears of sadness and regret because there were so few plants in the field?

God can use the seeds of our speech to touch an infinite number of hearts.

Truly, I want to say gracious words that convey love, concern and peace to others around me.

Isn’t that what you want, also?

 

 

Proverbs 16:24

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

 

 

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