Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” NLT

We often don’t realize the effect that our words have on others. But our words matter. Every time we open our mouth we have the choice to bring life or death into a situation, to build up or tear down, to encourage or discourage. Kind, gracious, pleasant words are like honey. They are sweet and vibrant and life giving. They bring a smile to the face of those that hear them. They feel good to hear and they feel good to say.

If you were to look back over the last week, are there any words that you spoke that were unkind? Any that you wish you hadn’t said? If you could redo that moment, what could you have said differently? Next time that a similar situation arises, can you commit to handling it in a kind way instead?

Imagine for a moment what your world would look like if everyone was kind and gracious and spoke pleasant words to each other. If every conversation left you feeling encouraged and strengthened, full of life and hope and love. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with that sort of world. That’s what heaven is going to be like. But we don’t have to wait for heaven to start creating that sort of place here on earth.

In a world that is mean and ugly, be the honey. Let your kind words flow freely until they fill your conversations with the sweetness of heaven.