"Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
I love honey. There is something about it that reminds me of spring and summer. It is a reminder that the dark, coldness of winter has past and a season of brightness and warmth has arrived. Words can do the same thing. Gracious (Heb. noam) words have a sweetness to them that can soothe the bitterness of life. Whether it be an encouragement, an exhortation, or even humor, the right words at the right time can make the worst circumstances a little more palatable.
These words not only taste sweet, but the have healing properties as well. They are a salve on life's wounds. Words can diffuse anger. Words can disarm despair. Words can bandage hurt. We all have access to one of God's most potent remedies for life's ills: well timed and gentle words.
Let our words be sweet. Let our words be salve. Let us use our words to brighten the world and heal its ills.