Sweet and Delightful!

Sweet and Delightful!

Oops! I came upstairs this morning and looked at the date on my computer. November 10–yikes, that means I forgot to write a post for Putting On The New. Lucky for me, I had a Bible verse I’ve been meditating on lately. Proverbs 16: 24 (AMP) says, Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.

I’ve always read this thinking that it was talking about the listener. That pleasant words are sweet and delightful to the listener. And that’s very true. But the more I read and reread this verse, I’ve come to understand something else.

It’s not just about the listener, it’s about the speaker as well.  The more we use pleasant words the more sweet, delightful, and healing it is to us, the speakers. In other words the nicer we speak to others the more healing it is to us.

I just love the way God works! Don’t you? At first, it seems as if God gives us commands to help others but in the end it helps us!

This is an area I need to improve in–big time! There’s a reason my childhood nickname from my dad and my uncles was FAT MOUTH. I’ve always been blunt and told people exactly what I’m thinking! I’ve improved greatly in this area but still have more improving left to do!

Years ago, I heard someone say that you should always ask these 3 questions before saying something that could be potentially hurtful.

  1. Is it true?
  2. Is it helpful?
  3. Is it necessary?

Many times one or two of the answers might by yes, but all 3? If not, we should take a moment or two to evaluate whether it’s something that needs to be spoke aloud (or written in Facebook).  After all, once it’s spoken, it can’t be taken back.

Words really do have power so let’s make our words be sweet, delightful and healing.

Lillian Duncan About Lillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—action-filled suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. Visit her website for more info.


  1. haha, Lillian you crack me up. And I totally agree, using sweet words can be just as helpful to us as the speaker as it is to the listener.

  2. That is funny, Lillian, but also makes us think. Mine was Sunny (after the Sunbeam bread, I think) but I also was called splashy crance because I was so awkward. From good to bad, or vice versa! Lol. And I love the 3 questions. If only we’d all practice them. Good article.

  3. Hi Lillian. Since I joined the blog, I’ve been afraid i was going to miss my date for posting, so I entered a big note in red for the 8th of every month on my blog calendar. Still, I end up writing the post only hours before it is due!

    I enjoyed your post and love the emphasis you place on the fact that sometimes God is giving us a message, not necessarily the person we are speaking to!

    I also heard the 3 questions expounded on a bit to form an acronym:

    T – Is it true
    H – Is it helpful
    I – Is it inspiring
    N – Is it necessary
    K – Is it kind

    Would that I could remember that every time something comes out of my mouth!

  4. I love that, Patti. Good way to remember. I have it listed as well but sometimes things slip by. I did miss one post but that was because I thought I’d done it when I really hadn’t.

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