Thursday, July 19
Today's reading: Proverbs 16:21 & 23
"The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness" Proverbs 16:21
"The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips." Proverbs 16:23.
Remember the old English proverb, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar"? That's immediately what came to mind when I read Proverbs 16:21 and 23. 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 genuinely kind, good, encouraging, positive, 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.
How much "sweet speech" have you chosen to pour out this week? How and to whom will you offer "sweet" words today? Tami
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