The honeycomb is honey in its purest form. Those chunks of comb are wonderfully chewy and sweet. Cutting off a chunk and smearing it over baked goods is always a good idea. The lighter the color of the comb the sweeter it is. The darker colored comb has an earthier flavor. The problem of course, is getting past those pesky bees to get to their sweet work. Their perfectly joined hexagons are so painstakingly constructed. Bees for good reason have been called, “heaven-instructed mathematicians.”
Today’s verse likens gracious words to the sweetness of the honeycomb. Gracious words are words that touch the soul of a person and bring healing where there is hurt. They are spoken with the intent of building up the other person. In a world where so many use words to criticize, demean and gain power, the gracious word is about reaffirming someone’s worth. Our conversation is to always be full of grace, just like a seasoning (Col. 4:6). We are told to avoid unwholesome talk and say only what is helpful and encouraging (Eph. 4:29).
Words like that are all too rare. But one place I always find words that are sweet is in God’s love letter to me (Psalm 19:10) His words are sweet because they tell me I am important to Him. His words touch my soul and heal those damaged secret places inside. And He wants my speech to be just as gracious to those around me. Encouraging words have made such a difference for me. Why do I hesitate? It costs me nothing to be gracious but makes my words so much more valuable.
Lord, I need Your help today to make my words sweet and gracious.