Proverbs 16:24 NKJV

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

Solomon knew his words that were inspired by God would benefit those who would take them seriously. So he advised his readers to pay attention to his words, and meditate on them (Proverbs 4:20-22). In Proverbs 16:24 he shares a clue to our health. Pleasant words are sweet to our souls and health to our bones. What does that tell us? We must engage in pleasant conversations. Talk about the goodness of God and all we are thankful for. We may have to discuss some unpleasant things sometimes but we must on purpose try to outnumber the unpleasant words with pleasant ones. We must do less talking about what is wrong and say more about what is right. We must say less about what we cannot do and more about how blessed we are to be able to do what we can. Sometimes we have to give constructive criticism to those around us. Let us make sure we give more compliments and encouraging words than criticizing ones. I want to know when I have done something wrong or when I don’t look right, but I also want to know when I have done the right thing and when I look nice. We have to deal with the negative and positive in life. We just need to make sure that pleasant things are in the majority of what we listen to and say. That will make us healthier and contribute to the health of those we interact with.

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