Honey-Laced Words

This is the title of one of my ebooks that were published in 2016. It is also the title to chapter 5 in my book: Victorious Heart: intimate communion with God. Lacing our words with honey is all about imparting grace to our hearers.

Psalm 45:2 was written about Jesus. It says, “You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.” Do you want to be blessed? Do you want to be a blessing to others?

Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Watch what happened when Jonathan dipped the end of his rod in a honeycomb. 1 Samuel 14:27 says, “…and put his hand to his mouth; and his countenance was brightened.”

Do your words brighten the countenance of the one you are speaking to, or cause their face to cloud up? Our heart is revealed through our eyes. William Shakespeare said that our eyes are the window to our soul. We can often see the inner health of a person through their eyes. Have you ever seen a sad, angry, or troubled person? Then you know what I am saying.

What is behind honeycomb and the health of our bones? Google says that the inside of our bones is structured like a honeycomb. The honeycomb mesh structure gives our bones strength. When osteoporosis sets in, it creates patches within the bone that are not supported.

You have heard of bone marrow. I love this verse in Job because it is a picture of health. Job 21:24 Amplified says, “His pails are full of milk (his veins are filled with nourishment) and the marrow of his bones is fresh and moist.”

Here is a picture of someone’s bones that are not healthy. Proverbs 17:22 says, “…a  broken spirit dries the bones.” What causes a broken or crushed spirit? Death words! Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?”

Jesus came to set broken hearts free. Luke 4:18 Amplified described it as “…who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).” Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

Harsh words of rejection have a slamming effect on a tender heart. School children rejected by their peers is so devastating. I remember walking home from grammar school. I was being called names, but stood up to those bullies. I put my hands on my hips and said, ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’ It was a lie of course, but I had learned how to live that lie as self-protection.

Hateful words hurt, maim, cripple, and crush. There is healing through forgiveness. How a person calls you is not who you are. You are made in the image of God. You are of great value to the Lord Jesus who died for you. He bore the sins against you, as well as the sins that you commit (past, present, and future).

Take note. We often erect emotional walls in our heart because our spirit has been crushed by death words. This is not God’s way. His way to freedom is through life-giving words. Listen to these verses in Psalm 71:3 and 6. It says, “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.”

Instead of getting stuck in the crucible of a crushed spirit, live your day with an attitude of gratitude. Praise the Lord in your heart. When our heart is lifted up in praise, the power of life flows through every cell and tissue. 

Psalm 146:2 says, “While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.” Our praise opens the way for the Lord to permeate our space. Psalm 22:3 says that God is enthroned on our praise. As we confess our unforgiveness for those who have hurt us with their death words, we can offer up a sacrifice of praise. Hebrews 13:15 says that thanksgiving is the fruit of our lips.

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