Daily D – Proverbs 16:21, 24
Proverbs 16:21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. (NIV)
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. (NIV)
Two verses stand between complementary truths. The common idea is gracious words.
Take a look at verse 21 from The Message:
gracious words add to one’s reputation.
good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.
Facts are friends. We hear too few facts today and too much opinion. Facts and truth communicated with graciousness are persuasive.
I heard a guy say, “When I’m abrasive, I’m never persuasive.” This catchy saying is helpful. Let’s help people learn it and practice what it says.
Gracious words promote instruction.
Gracious words promote healing.
Today is a good day to practice gracious words.
If you cannot say it graciously, do you need to say it at all?
This is a point worth pondering.
This is a point worth practicing.
I will practice promote instruction and healing through gracious words.
Our Father, I need your help. Remove critical, hurtful, snarky, sarcastic speech from my mouth. Fill my mind with gracious words. My communication shaped by your grace flow through the words I speak, write, and think. Amen.
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Acts 10:34, 35 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
Acts 5:38, 39 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”