There's a story about an early-church believer called Ambrose. While he was asleep in his crib as a baby, a swarm of bees settled on his face and clustered round his lips. When his dad arrived, they flew off and left behind a drop of honey on his mouth. Old Man Ambrose, the story goes, nodded sagely and deduced that his son was destined for a life of speaking wise and sweet words. As you do.
Our faith knows all about the power of words to heal and help. Ambrose knew it. Jesus knew it. Way back in the ancient book of Proverbs, the healing and helping power of words is everywhere.
Look at the verses before today's verse: Proverbs 16:20-24. Then think about someone you know who is wise and honest right through to their heart. Doesn't it change how you hear the words they say? And how, if they say good words about you, you feel them right through you? If you're known as someone who always keeps 'small' details, or even big things back from people, then eventually your words will just skim off the surface of your friends and family. But, if you keep speaking from your heart, you'll get respect and trust. The good words you say to them will have a wonderful effect, because they'll know you mean them.
So what now? Smear yourself with honey and run through the streets. Haha, no. Ask God to touch your lips and give you honest and healing words from your heart. You'll discover there's real power in asking God for that.
Soulfood : Gen 17-19, John 12:37-50, Ps 118:19-29, Prov 31:14-17