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Refreshing Words

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January 26, 2024 7:00 pm

Refreshing Words

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January 26, 2024 7:00 pm

Standing in the kitchen, my daughter exclaimed, “Mom, there’s a fly in the honey!” I quipped back with the familiar adage, “You will always catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” While this was the first time I’d (accidentally) caught a fly with honey, I found myself quoting this modern proverb because of its wisdom: kind requests are more likely to persuade others than a bitter attitude.

The book of Proverbs gives us a collection of wise proverbs and sayings inspired by God’s Spirit. These inspired sayings help to guide us and teach us important truths about how to live in ways that honor God. Many of the proverbs focus on interpersonal relationships, including the profound effect our words can have on others.

In a section of proverbs attributed to King Solomon, he warned against the harm caused by speaking falsely against a neighbor (v. 18). He counseled that a “sly tongue” results in dreary relationships (Proverbs 25:23). Solomon warned against the chilling effect of constantly using complaining words (v. 24). And the king encouraged readers that blessing comes when our words bring good news (v. 25).

As we seek to apply these truths, we have God’s Spirit who helps us give a “proper answer” (16:1). Empowered by Him, our words can be sweet and refreshing

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

Our reading, titled Refreshing Words, was written by Lisa M. Samra. Standing in the kitchen, my daughter exclaimed, Mom, there's a fly in the honey. I quipped back with a familiar adage, you will always catch more flies with honey than vinegar. While this was the first time I'd accidentally caught a fly with honey, I found myself quoting this modern proverb because of its wisdom.

Kind requests are more likely to persuade others than a bitter attitude. The Book of Proverbs gives us a collection of wise proverbs and sayings inspired by God's Spirit. These inspired sayings help to guide us and teach us important truths about how to live in ways that honor God. Many of the proverbs focus on interpersonal relationships, including the profound effect our words can have on others. In a section of the proverbs attributed to King Solomon, he warned against the harm caused by speaking falsely against a neighbor. He counseled that a sly tongue results in dreary relationships.

Solomon warned against the chilling effect of constantly using complaining words. And the king encouraged readers that blessing comes when our words bring good news. As we seek to apply these truths, we have God's Spirit who helps us give a proper answer. Empowered by Him, our words can be sweet and refreshing. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Proverbs 25, verses 23 through 27. Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue, which provokes a horrified look.

Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.

It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to search out matters that are too deep. Let's pray. Heavenly Father, please help us reflect your compassion in our interactions by using gracious and kind words. Thank you for the abundance of your wisdom. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thank you for listening today. My name is Brenna Holsclaw and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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