“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
~ Proverbs 16:24 NASB
“I’m believing God is healing you!”
That’s what a sweet friend of mine said multiple times as I battled my countless illnesses.
She was my encourager.
My messenger from God to cheer my weary soul.
Each time I talked with her, she shared some Scripture that always filled my heart with hope.
I needed this. I just wanted someone to believe with me that I would beat whatever sickness I faced. And she wasn’t the only one. My husband was right there, cheering me on day after day.
This is why I’m so convinced that our friends and family can help us heal.
Even the wisest man said so in Proverbs 16:24.
Let’s do a quick recap on what we’ve learned so far about words.
On Day 4, we studied the importance of shielding ourselves from strangers’ off comments, and on Day 19 we learned how vital it is for us to adjust the words we personally speak. But for today, let’s look at how the words from those closest to us can help during our healing process.
Warning: For some of us, this may mean we adapt our social surroundings.
If pleasant words heal, like King Solomon shared above, then the opposite is true: harsh words thrown around damage us to our core. Think for a minute.
When was the last time you heard something negative?
Whether it was spoken to you, or about someone else? Was it a conversation from a relative, co-worker, or possibly even from the news? During this quest for your best health possible, can I caution you to guard yourself from any destructive discussions? Just like sickness weakens our body, damaging words weaken our bones, and seep into our marrow.
Let’s think scientifically for a second, shall we?
Our bone marrow is made up of red blood cells (which carries oxygen throughout our body), white blood cells (which fights off sicknesses), and platelets (which are our clotting mechanism, or natural Band-Aid that supernaturally heals our wounds).
In essence, our bone marrow is God-ordained gold that naturally revives our body.
Are you beginning to see the connection here?
If our bones are vital to our healing, and we believe the truth in our key verse regarding the health benefits of pleasant words, then the best way to protect ourselves is by gravitating towards the positive, while we push back from the negative.
Much like uplifting music aids our healing, the words we allow ourselves to absorb may be the biggest mega boost of protection yet.
I sound like the positivity piper,
touting all the miraculous ways cheeriness transforms us.
But I’m not the one preaching this.
Laughter magnifies His supernatural medicine.
And pleasant words sweeten our soul and restore our bone marrow.
What we say, as well as what we allow others to speak over us, is vital to our recovery. Words planted as seeds, whether good or bad, eventually produce a harvest.
Sweet friend, what we sow really does grow.
This means that my precious friend who spoke hopeful phrases over my soul—she was helping me heal! Yet, at any moment, the other remarks of trepidation became my mental food for the day.
So, what’s the best step to take for our health’s sake? You guessed it.
It’s time to adjust our social surrounding.
Let’s face it, if we never hear weary words, they won’t sink in.
Today, keep a tally of all the derogatory comments thrown your way. If you realize the bulk of the negative chatter surrounds your workplace, this may be the season to find a new crowd of co-workers to mingle with.
Or maybe, you’re sensing that your family leaves you feeling less than encouraged? This is where you gently explain to them the importance of kind words during this time in your life.
And, if it’s your spouse who is known for their quick quips (even if it’s just in jest), this may be the season to talk with another couple you trust, a pastor, or possibly a counselor to seek advice on how to make small adjustments.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that
people can only give you what’s been given to them.
Meaning, if they’ve lived a life where sarcasm and negativity were spoken over them by their parents, siblings, or coworkers (even in a teasing manner), then this may be the only way they know how to communicate. The good news is that minor adjustments can be made through much prayer and gentle guidance.
Maybe your tummy twisted when reading this last paragraph, because you adore your spouse and you married them for their humor. Certainly, you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
This makes sense!
If it’s challenging to bring the topic up, possibly consider passing today’s devotional their way so they understand the critical role they play in your healing process.
Because pleasant words are a honeycomb.
They sweeten our soul, but most importantly,
they heal our bones.
(Note to the friend or family member who may read this. Your loved one is in a fragile state and desires to spend time with you. That’s why they’ve shared this devotional. They want you to help them fight their toughest battle! This only means they see something admirable in you they want to hang on to. My encouragement is for you to speak uplifting words over them as often as you can. With each positive reminder shared, know this: You may play a vital role in their healing process. Before you think this is foolish, try it. What do you have to lose? Not very much. But what do you have to gain? A lifetime of happiness with your precious friend. I’d say it’s worth the gamble.)
Write down any social situations you may need to adjust while you’re healing:
Pray and ask God who you need to take a step back from, or who you should forward this devotional to:
“Don’t talk about your sickness, your weakness, your discouragement,
or your despondency. Don’t talk about that which perpetuates your problems.
Instead, speak out the promises of Scripture. When you were saved, you
confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). The prerequisite
for victory is the same as for salvation.”
~ Jon Courson, Jon Courson’s Application Commentary,
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;”
~ Proverbs 14:30a NLT
“A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.”
~ Proverbs 15:13 NLT
“Smiling faces make you happy, and good news makes you feel better.”
~ Proverbs 15:30 GNT
“The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the
wicked overflows with evil words.”
~ Proverbs 15:28 NLT
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
~ Proverbs 4:23 NLT
Thank you all for praying for us! I could feel your petitions. God is so good, ya’ll!
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