Verse of the Day Devotion: Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Have you ever gone through tough times? I can assure you I have. I can recall many instances in my life where things have not gone in any way like I wanted. It can be brutal. I can remember a time which particularly changed me. I started attending a new church in Homestead, Florida. The message that Wednesday evening caused me to go through much reflection of my past. After church was dismissed I was just sitting there with my head down praying. After a period of time, a man and his wife came up to me and asked if everything was OK. I was honest and told them I was going through a difficult time. I was at the time an extreme introvert which made it difficult for me to open up. I also had trouble with making new friends because of how my parents raise me.
I was unsure how this would go, but they did not rush me at all while we sat and talked. They were extremely kind and spent much time with me. They listened and then helped me to work through my issues. Then, after they prayed for me, they invited me to their home that weekend for a time of fellowship with them and other people from the church. I did go and made several new friends that helped me going forward to move beyond my childhood and on to a new way of life.
And this blessing happened because they took the time to just be with me, encouraging me to open up and understand they wanted to be my friends. These people at The Rock Church of Homestead did more for me than anyone else had up to this point. I made so many friends on the base who also attended the Rock Church. There were others as well who opened their homes to me and said I was welcome there any time. The couple eventually offered me a room to stay at once I left the Air Force.
This was made possible by God who brought us all together through their kind and loving words which brought a wonderful change in my life. This shows the impact kindness can have on someone. As our focus verse says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24. Their words and actions did much to heal my spirit from the harshness I grew up with as a child. Their words were so sweet and did much to heal the sores in my heart. We ended up parting ways after I got married and moved away. But I will never forget all the wonderful people I met for the love they showed me and the healing I am sure they had no idea they were a part of.
This was a difficult devotion to write, however, I want to encourage us all to speak kind and pleasant words to everyone God brings our way. We do not know what many people have endured and/or are currently going through. They may exhibit anger and hurt because of things inside them, or they hide their feelings so we cannot see the hurt. This is why we need to always speak kind and loving words and refrain from angry and negative speech. As we also read in proverbs, “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4. Let us strive for all our words to be as bubbling brooks and sweet honey which brings healing to the hearts and bones of all we meet.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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