Today's reading: Proverbs 16:21 & 23
Remember the old English proverb "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar"? That's immediately what came to mind when I read "sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness" in Proverbs 16:21. Both proverbs make a lot of sense. Being spoken to with sweetness is much preferred to harsh or bitter words.
Every time we open our mouths to talk, it's our choice to pour out either honey or vinegar. When we choose to use "sweet" words--words that are kind, good, encouraging, positive, authentic, gracious, thoughtful, caring and pleasant--it's attractive. That being the case, "sweet speech" should be a daily objective as we live for God and strive to make being a follower of Christ attractive to those we encounter.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rank your "sweetness of speech" this past week? What do you need to do to improve that number? How and with whom will you practice "sweet speech" today? Tami
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