Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24 NIV
How would you describe your communication skills, especially your speech? Are your words sassy, loving, kind, aggravating, harsh, pleasant, abusive, good, cruel, or maybe, excessive?
Throughout my life, my speech has often been described as direct or even blunt. I usually tell others, including my friends and family, exactly what is on my mind and give them my opinion in a very concise, direct way. I really have no intention of hurting anyone, but the words just fly out and, before I know what happened, I have offended them. I immediately know that I have said too much.
Two people arrived in my life to help me solve this directness. When I married my husband, he began to gently inform me of the times I crushed others with my speech. At first I was defensive and I didn’t believe him, but as I started to watch others as I spoke, I knew he was correct. Now he just gives me a quick glance with his blue eyes and I know it is time to close my mouth.
But, the person who has had the greatest influence over my speech is Jesus. From His love and His words in the Bible, I have learned that my speech needs to be sweet, pleasant and healing. And, when I talk, the words should be wise and careful. I should be “quick to listen and slow to speak.” James 1:19. Sometimes it is best to choose silence, just as Jesus modeled when He was tried and convicted before His death. Matthew 26-27
So, are your words like mine? Try speaking with love and kindness as Jesus did and let’s make some honey!
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Evaluate your speech.
Hello Jesus, Thank you, I am able to communicate with You and with others. Help my words to always be loving, kind and caring. Amen.
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