Pleasant Words

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Daily Reading: 1 Kings 1:1-53, Acts 4:1-37, Psalm 124:1-8, Proverbs 16:24

Daily Verse: “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” Prov. 16:14

Pleasant words.

Using positive language brings life to the receiver. Watching someone’s face light up like a Christmas tree from hearing gracious words encourages them and us.

“I want to be like you when I grow up,” I told a friend. Playing a charity golf tournament together, her shots amazed me. The look on her face when she turned around surprised me.

“She’s such an encourager,” she told the other ladies in our group.

At the time, I didn’t think of it as encouragement but instead stated the facts. I do hope to hit the ball as well as her and admire her ability. For my friend, the words brought sweetness to her soul and health to her body.

Speak kind, true, and necessary words only. If your thoughts don’t meet all three of those guidelines, don’t say them. Life’s hard enough without saying mean and hurtful things to make it more difficult.

Bring life to people with the words you use.

Lord, forgive us for the times we’ve said hurtful things. Please help us develop a reputation for saying gracious things that bring life to the receiver. Guard our mouths and keep us from saying harmful things. Let us give life with our words. IJNIP. Amen

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