Proverbs 16:24 (New International Version)
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
In giving us the gift of human speech, God also gives us a serious responsibility. Words spoken to one another have an almost magical power to heal or to hurt. Gracious, kindly words cost us little, yet so often we withhold them out of stubbornness or pique. Even our silence can sting when someone needs the balm of our forgiveness.
The CEV Bible translates the above passage as “Kind words are like honey—they can cheer you up and make you feel strong.” Interestingly, this wisdom works for the speaker of those kind words as well as for the hearer. We ourselves are cheered and revitalized when we act on the decision to speak graciously to a person who has offended us.
FATHER, make my words sweet like honey. Take away my desire to sting back when I have been stung and give me the grace and compassion to forgive. Turn my heart toward you and remind me of your sweet words that speak mercy and healing to me when I deserve condemnation.
Proverbs 12:25; Genesis 37:4; 50:19-21
Who in your life needs a gracious word from you today?