Oops! I came upstairs this morning and looked at the date on my computer. November 10–yikes, that means I forgot to write a post for Putting On The New. Lucky for me, I had a Bible verse I’ve been meditating on lately. Proverbs 16: 24 (AMP) says, Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.
I’ve always read this thinking that it was talking about the listener. That pleasant words are sweet and delightful to the listener. And that’s very true. But the more I read and reread this verse, I’ve come to understand something else.
It’s not just about the listener, it’s about the speaker as well. The more we use pleasant words the more sweet, delightful, and healing it is to us, the speakers. In other words the nicer we speak to others the more healing it is to us.
I just love the way God works! Don’t you? At first, it seems as if God gives us commands to help others but in the end it helps us!
This is an area I need to improve in–big time! There’s a reason my childhood nickname from my dad and my uncles was FAT MOUTH. I’ve always been blunt and told people exactly what I’m thinking! I’ve improved greatly in this area but still have more improving left to do!
Years ago, I heard someone say that you should always ask these 3 questions before saying something that could be potentially hurtful.
- Is it true?
- Is it helpful?
- Is it necessary?
Many times one or two of the answers might by yes, but all 3? If not, we should take a moment or two to evaluate whether it’s something that needs to be spoke aloud (or written in Facebook). After all, once it’s spoken, it can’t be taken back.
Words really do have power so let’s make our words be sweet, delightful and healing.