Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
We expect anything medicinal to be bitter to be bitter and anything sweet to be harmful, but pleasant words-morally uplifting speech-are both sweet and health -giving. James had this to say about the words that we speak:
When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:3-12
What we must remember is that our words give a depiction of what is going on inside of us. And more importantly we must remember that this old saying: “it is easier to catch flies with honey than it is with vinegar.”
Today’s Bible Readings:
Deuteronomy 4, Luke 6:39-7:10, Psalm 68:1-18 and Proverbs 11:28