“Sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” Proverbs 16:21
My speech is not always sweet. My tongue is hard to tame and prone to spew poison (James 3:8). As a mom I have taught my kids to avoid poison. I don’t want them to flee for their lives when I begin to speak. I want them to look forward to my words. I want them to hear me when I instruct them. This will only happen when my speech is sweet.
“The heart of the wise teaches [her] mouth and adds persuasiveness to [her] lips.” Proverbs 16:23
Since I want to bless my children’s spirits, encourage their hearts and strengthen their souls, I must keep my tongue under constant training and diligently pursue pleasant words.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
Honey is sweet to the tongue. One taste creates a desire for more. Honey has also been shown to have medicinal properties. It can discourage infection and promote healing. Pleasant words have similar effects. They create a desire for more. They contribute to strengthening and healing.
My kids love it when I serve them honey on bread. They look forward to it eagerly and anticipate the next opportunity with excitement. I want my words to have the same affect on them.
To “add persuasiveness to my lips” I must carefully consider the words I choose, the tone I use and the facial expression I display when I open my mouth. Only by the grace of God and the strength of His Spirit can I train my tongue in the ways of sweet speech.
Are those around you strengthened and encouraged by the sweetness of your speech?