Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24 – NIV
I was at the grocery store to pick up a salad from the deli. When I got to the counter the employee; a sweet 60 something woman with the most beautiful Eastern European accent, was helping another customer.
After a few minutes, the employee finished with her customer. Instead of walking behind the counter towards me, she came around to the front of the counter and said hello right next to me.
When I looked up she stopped and said, “OH, you are beautiful!”
I was caught completely off guard and replied, “Oh aren’t you sweet.”
Then she looked directly into my eyes and with the kindest of smiles said, “Your eyes are so beautiful!”
That’s when she went on with taking my salad order as if this was a regular occurrence. She then walked back behind the counter, filled my order and told me to have a nice day.
The thing is…in my life I don’t hear things like this. I know my husband and family love me, but they don’t necessarily tell me that my eyes are beautiful on a regular basis! As I walked out of the store that day I stood a bit taller, I felt a bit better, and my smile was definitely bigger. I thought how special those few words made me feel.
But you know what? The most powerful thing happened later that day because I kept thinking about those words off and on throughout the entire day. Those words filled my spirit with such kindness that it changed my outlook for hours. It made me seriously think about how lacking I’ve been to my family and friends with filling them with kind words. Words that could be filling their spirit and changing the course of their day.
Think about that. Words are powerful. They really can be sweet like honey to your very soul. I want to be that person that spreads that sweet honey to others. You can too. Let’s be that together – you and me.
Today show kindness to a stranger and to someone you love!
Make sure you let us know in the comments what you did and how it went! We’d love to hear!
BIBLE STUDY – PROVERBS 16 – NIV
1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end –
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord detests all the proud of heart.
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for:
through the fear of the lord evil is avoided.
7 When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;
all the weights in the bag are of his making.
12 Kings detest wrongdoing,
for a throne is established through righteousness.
13 Kings take pleasure in honest lips;
they value the one who speaks what is right.
14 A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,
but the wise will appease it.
15 When a king’s face brightens, it means life;
his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
17 The highway of the upright avoids evil;
those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
26 The appetite of laborers works for them;
their hunger drives them on.
27 A scoundrel plots evil,
and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
28 A perverse person stirs up conflict,
and a gossip separates close friends.
29 A violent person entices their neighbor
and leads them down a path that is not good.
30 Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;
whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
31 Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.
32 Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.