Proverbs 16:24 says, “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Last night I ate a hot roll slathered with butter and dripping with honey. It was delicious! Even as I write, I can still taste it, almost, but the memory is so satisfying. Most of you can remember a time like that too.
On pondering about this short scripture, I am reminded of the lingering effects of honey. Honey is a sticky substance that usually gets all over your fingers, can drip on your face and even get smeared onto your clothing. What I want you to focus on today is that kind words, like honey, are sticky. They can remain on a hearer for longer that just the moment they are spoken. That is a wonderful thought. Kind words we speak can bring encouragement even after we speak them—minutes, hours and even days after those words have left our mouth.
What purpose are we speaking with? If we are mindful of what we say, we can bring impact for more than a moment. We can be a continual source of encouragement to the hearer. WOW
I can’t eat a roll dripping with honey everyday, but I can surely speak kind words everyday to the people God puts in my path. And, the effects of my kind speech can be long lasting, just like sticky honey. I am excited about that opportunity, how about you?