by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (Proverbs 16:24, NLT)
I love this verse, and when I read it the other day, it came at just the right time. I was reeling from stinkin’ thinkin’, and needed something sweet for the soul and healthy for the body. It was about then I got an email from a friend, a phone call from a colleague, and text from my mom, all to say hello and remind me I am important to them. Thank you, God.
We all need those from time-to-time, don’t we? We need reminders that we matter, that our feelings are valid, and that our ideas are important. In a world that seems so critical and cynical, it imperative that we share with others what they mean to us. It reminds me of something I read in my counseling studies that one criticism can undo nineteen compliments.
What if you made it your goal today to withhold needlessly negative comments, and shower your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, whoever with kind words? It promises to be sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. And you never know…the person it helps the most might just be yourself.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me. Please help me ensure today that my words are like honey, that from their source to the ones who hear them may know you are sweet, healthy, and healing. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.