Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wisdom Wednesdays - Pleasant Words






Continuing my series on WORDS.

This verse stuck out to me this week in my daily study of Proverbs:


Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
    sweet to the taste and healing for the body.
(Proverbs 16:24)

This verse goes along with last week's post about important words.  Pleasant words are important, too.  Don't you love to be around people who are positive and encouraging? I do, and I try to be that kind of person.  

My friend, Evelyn, who passed away a few years ago was that kind of person.  She always wore a smile, and had praise on her lips. Every activity delighted her, and she was always on the go to her next adventure.  Even in her eighties, she was tireless in looking for the good in every situation and in every person.  I loved her and always enjoyed being around her.  She was a member of our congregation, and had a willing heart and hands to do anything she was called on to do. 

Another member of our congregation and friend, Helen (also passed away), was the same way.  Always positive and uplifting in her speech, Helen would simply say, "No!" if someone began to speak critically or negatively in her presence.  I love that.

On one of Jem's visits to the nursing home, he met a lady in her nineties who exuded enthusiasm and happiness every day.  One day at lunch, she rolled her wheel chair to the table with a lady who began complaining about the food, the staff, the weather and everything else.  Jackie stared at her for a moment and then announced, "I'm too happy for you!" and moved to another table.  

It's interesting that the verse above compares pleasant words  to honey and says they can be healing.  I recently read an article about honey as medicine that was very enlightening.  It can be used on wounds and burns, as a cough remedy, a sleep aid, an immune booster, and many other ways.  

Our words can be healing when they are pleasant  --  encouraging, gentle, positive, uplifting and especially laughter inducing.  Don't you love to be around people who make you laugh?  My husband is hilarious and makes me laugh every day of my life. 

I've been watching my words lately, trying to always make them pleasant, even about things that cause me distress, like politics.  I'm very fond of saying:  

"You can say anything in a nice way." 

Even the hard things we have to say can be said in a pleasant way.  I'm working on that, Gail-Friends.  

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4 comments:

  1. I'm really enjoying your series on Words. It has given me much pause for thought. Good stuff!

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  2. It is wise to think not only about the words we speak but the manner in which we say them. Not everything we must say is pleasant but we can present them in a pleasant way which will make them easier to receive. I am glad I stopped here this morning from Spiritual Sundays. I think this is my first time here so may I say, I it is nice to "meet" you! Have a blessed Sunday!

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    1. Welcome to Gail-Friends, Joanne. Come back soon.
      Blessings,
      GG

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