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EVENING
DEVOTIONS
WITH PASTOR ROSS
Pleasant Words

I had never seen it before.

Honeycomb served at a breakfast buffet.

And if you travel with us to Israel next time we go, you’ll see it, too.

Near the breads, cereals, and yogurt, you will find a large slab of honeycomb in a wooden frame just oozing with amber-colored goodness.

Figures, right?

It is, after all, the land flowing with milk and honey!

So wise King Solomon uses this common Middle Eastern delicacy as an insightful sermon illustration:

Pleasant words, he wrote, are sweet to the soul—soothing and healing.

In other words, what honey does to your tastebuds—kind words will do for the soul.

Gracious words are a dessert for any occasion.

And in a world filled with criticism and insensitivity, it’s a rare and precious gift to be the recipient of pleasant words. 

They go straight into our ears and immediately into our souls where they bring a refreshing wave of energy and vitality to our weary and worn-down hearts.

God saved us to be a blessing to others—and we are never more useful and never more like Jesus than when we speak graciously.

Listen to how the psalmist addresses the Messiah:

“You are the most attractive of all. Gracious words drip from Your lips” (Psalm 45:2).

What made Jesus the most magnetic personality the world has ever known was His gracious speech.

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Again.

“All spoke well of Him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from His lips” (Luke 4:22).

No sweeter words have ever been spoken than the ones that flowed from the lips of the Son of God—and from the lips of those who speak like Christ.

Speak good words to those around you.

Set them free.
Lift them up.
Heal their hurts.
Comfort their heart.
Refresh their spirit.

I mean, we do have a choice with that tongue of ours.

Would you rather hurt someone or heal them?

Do you wish to lighten their load or add to their burden?

We don’t want to pour salt in their wound, we want to add sweetness to their soul.

So fire off some encouragement, compliments, and affirmations.

There’s great power in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

Choose good words to say to someone today.

The Goodness of Jesus (very sweet)
Scriptures for further reflection:
Col. 4:6; Prov. 15:4; Eph. 4:32
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