The Power of Pleasant Words

Daily God Walk for Thursday, January 13, 2011

 A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.   – Proverbs 16:23-24

 Pleasant words have healing and restorative power. Many broken relationships have been restored because someone chose to use pleasant words instead of accusing words. And, many relationships remain broken because no one in the relationship is willing to break the cycle of angry words and speak pleasantly.

There is another proverb which says, “A soft answer turns away wrath.” When my boys were young and having angry words with each other I would quote that proverb to them. It didn’t work to calm them down very often, but it did give them something to think about.

In both business and ministry I have many times been faced with someone whose anger had pushed them beyond the bounds of reason. I have found that when I respond in like manner to them it is like pouring gasoline on a fire; the whole thing blows up in my face. I have also found that when I softly ask about the circumstances which caused their anger we can begin to resolve the issue.

Have you ever been a little discouraged, or maybe even a little depressed, and someone you respect sits beside you and begins to speak pleasant, encouraging words to you? Of course, we all have. How did that feel to you? If you are like the rest of us you probably felt like you had just tasted honey and you began to feel healing in your inner person.

I would like to challenge you to be alert to people around you who are having a bad day and make the effort to offer them pleasant words. As the proverb says, “A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.” Speak encouraging words of hope and grace and you will find yourself surrounded with people who receive healing grace from your words.

 Prayer: Father, it isn’t always easy to speak pleasant words to irritating people. Grant me the grace to not respond to their words but to respond to their need for love. Amen.

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