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Say Don’t Say: Sugar Words

by in Soul Food

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." (Proverbs 16:24)

For all the destruction our words can bring, we've seen this week that words can also be used for healing, for encouragement, for taming out-of-control anger, and even more effectively when used in the right moment.

And sometimes the right words are just sweet. Telling a friend what he or she needs to hear can actually bring pleasure that feels like eating a favorite dessert. In that way, pleasant, soothing words can be a gift, an act of service, an expression of God's love for another person.

Do you see yourself as being available for this kind of service? Are you looking for those opportunities? Are you willing to have God use your words as a gift to the people in your life? Do you ask Him to give you pleasant words in the right moment to bring pleasure, healing, and joy to the people He puts in your path? It's a gift anyone can give.

Think: How often do you think of your ability to use good words as a gift you can give to other people? How often do other people do that for you?

Pray: Ask God to make you willing and able to give the gift of pleasant words to your family members, friends, and even those who don't always treat you well.

Do: Tune your radar this week to notice when someone is able to use words in a way that is pleasant and sweet to hear.

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