“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”.
This verse from Proverbs has come to my attention several different times throughout the past few weeks: at the “Mom 2 Mom” Bible study I attend each week, at church on Sunday, and even on a random Facebook post that I stumbled across.
In the Bible, repetition occurs often in God’s message. Similar things tend to happen in my life, whether that message be in a Sunday sermon, a reminder from a friend, or even a random blog post that I happen to read. Repetition is often used for emphasis or to drive a point home, and to make things easier to remember. It is said that if you hear the same message over and over again, eventually it will sink in.
This point has been true for me when it comes to this verse: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones”. Proverbs 16:24.
If you find yourself in a similar position to me, then you may be in a busy season of life—perhaps with young kids to raise and a household to manage, all while working a part time job. Often times while juggling these responsibilities, the frustration that comes along with the busyness catches up to me in the words that come out of my mouth. More often than not, these words tend to be more reactive (and not in the sweetest of ways) than gracious.
This past Monday morning, I shared a devotional with the OACS staff from author Karen Ehman, based on the verse above from Proverbs 16:24. Here are a few noteworthy points about the analogy Karen used:
- When bees make honey, the sweetness of the nectar will often be determined by what the bee drinks, along with the amount of time spent in the sun.
- Karen points out that this also pertains to the sweetness and bitterness of our words. They are affected by what we “drink in” and the amount of time we spend with the Son each day.
- By drinking in life-changing truths daily, and spending time with Him, we can learn to speak gracious words.
Kind words soothe.
Kind words comfort.
Kind words soften.
Kind words heal.
As an encouragement for our staff, I passed out a small card with this verse printed on it, as a reminder throughout the week that kind and gracious words are both soothing and healing, and to help us remember that spending intentional time with the Son—especially at the beginning of the day—can aid in the words we use.
To read the entire devotional by Karen Ehman, entitled, “Seasoned with Snark or Laced with Grace”, click here.