Sweet Lips

8-16-12

You can catch more flies with honey is a saying that most of us have probably heard. There is a great deal of truth in that statement according to the Word of God. Proverbs 16:21 says, “The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.” This is speaking about trying to teach somebody. When you are wanting to relay truth to someone that will enable them to grow you must learn to speak sweetly. Sometimes we may have the purest intentions when we speak to others, but we speak in a manner that is far from being labeled as sweet. If we want¬†people to believe and to know what is right, or we just want them to respect our opinion even if they don’t agree with us, then we must learn to speak in the right tone and with the right attitude. Just a few verses later the Word of God says,¬†“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” We should speak to others with grace upon our lips. We should speak in a spirit of kindness and humility. We should never speak in a way that makes the other person feel small. If we learn to speak to others in a way that shows them respect, and share our words with love, then there is a greater chance that they will listen to what we are saying. Even in times of contention this principle is taught in the Word of God. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but greivous words stir up anger.” Remember…it’s not always about what we say. It’s also about…how we say it. Say it with sweet lips.