Book: Proverbs 16
“Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
As a new Bee Keeper, I find it fascinating to watch the bees work so hard at building the hive and storing up honey. I remember last year, one of my boys asking if we could harvest the honey, 2 weeks after starting the hive. He was a little disappointed when I told him we would have to wait several months as it takes time for the bees to produce it. When we did finally harvest some of the golden syrup, the family was eager to taste it. Needless to say, the little bit of honey we collected was quickly consumed. Our family enjoys honey!
Kind words have two components to them. They are 1) receivable with appreciation (sweet to the soul) and, 2) strengthen the person (healthy for the body). Another way is to say that kind words are both desirable and helpful to the recipient.
Imagine a bee hive that produces honey that is bitter and putrid. Although the bees might use it for their own food, it would not be enjoyed or healthy for the bee keeper. The bee keeper might question whether he should keep the hive for another season or not as it has little value to him. Now compare that to a bee hive that produces lots of excellent flavored honey. The bee keeper will enjoy it and be able to share it with others.
The words we speak will impact others. Will they be words that encourage and help them grow in their walk with God or will they be distasteful and hurtful? The words God speaks to us are always perfect and exactly what we need.
Psalm 19:9b-10 “The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.”