___Doesn’t it make you feel good when someone says nice things to
you or compliments you in a sincere way? We can help others feel these
same kinds of good feelings by speaking "pleasant words" to them. Not
only that, but when we say kind things to others, it tends to make us feel
good, too (Prov 15:23). We do want to be careful, though, that we don’t
speak false and worthless flattery (Prov 26:28). Instead, we want to
speak thoughtfully from the heart and truly mean what we say (Eph
___ By the way, did you know that sometimes people use raw,
unprocessed honey to help heal wounds? Similarly, kind words are like
putting healing honey on "heart wounds," too. Those nice words can be
especially helpful when somebody is having a tough day or when they
don’t feel very good about themselves.
___ Look for the good in others. A lot of people can’t see their good
qualities. Point them out to them! If you notice something noteworthy
about someone, compliment them about it (Prov 3:27)! If there are any
traits that you admire about them, tell them so (Rom 13:7)! If you are
proud of them or have confidence in them, let them know it (2 Cor 7:4,
16)! If you are grateful for something about them, speak up (Phlp 1:3,
Eph 1:16). If you appreciate something they do for you, say thank you!
Spread some honey around!
___ Giving someone an honest, well-deserved compliment may seem
like a small, unnecessary thing. Nevertheless, the simple, thoughtful act
of speaking up is typically a very welcome blessing……one that is truly
"sweet to the soul."
Prov 15:4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life . . .
Prov 10:21 The lips of the righteous nourish many . . .
Additional Reference Verses
Prov 15:23 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply--and how good is a timely word!
Prov 26:28 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Eph 4:15-16 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who
is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every
supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Prov 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to
Rom 13:7 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then
revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
2 Cor 7:4 I have great confidence in you; I take great pride in you. I am greatly
encouraged; in all our troubles my joy knows no bounds.
2 Cor 7:16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.
Phlp 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
Eph 1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
sweet to the soul and healing to the
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