| THURSDAY 26TH MAY, 2022
Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition
Read: Proverbs 16:1–2, 21–24 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: 1 Chronicles 28–29; John 9:24–41
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
His topic was racial tension. Yet the speaker remained calm and collected. Standing on stage before a large audience, he spoke boldly—but with grace, humility, kindness, and even humor. Soon the tense audience visibly relaxed, laughing along with the speaker about the dilemma they all faced: how to resolve their hot issue, but cool down their feelings and words. Yes, how to tackle a sour topic with sweet grace.
King Solomon advised this same approach for all of us: “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24). In this way, “The hearts of the wise make . . . their lips promote instruction” (v. 23).
Why would a powerful king like Solomon devote time to addressing how we speak? Because words can destroy. During Solomon’s time, kings relied on messengers for information about their nations, and calm and reliable messengers were highly valued. They used prudent words and reasoned tongues, not overreacting or speaking harshly, no matter the issue.
We all can benefit by gracing our opinions and thoughts with godly and prudent sweetness. In Solomon’s words, “To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue” (v. 1).
16 1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
21 The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.[a]
22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,
but folly brings punishment to fools.
23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,
and their lips promote instruction.[b]
24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
What is your way of speaking when talking about a hot and divisive topic?
When you allow God’s Spirit to sweeten your tongue, what changes in your words?