A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit.
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and he who speaks right is loved.
Proverbs 16: 13
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Please continue to transform me in the area of my mouth and tongue. This is also a part of either building or tearing down my house, and I desire to have a tongue that soothes and heals ~ even when it needs to speak hard truth. Give me WORDS, Lord ~ words that show interest in others, words of joyful, meaningful conversation, and the ability to articulate needs and desires in a loving way. I know that I have hurt Robert, my kids, and probably others ~ even with few words, because I withhold words and store up frustrations, unable to think of how to positively communicate them, and then they come often come out wrong or totally unexpected by the receiver. Also, I desire to converse effectively, joyfully, and meaningfully with friends, family, and even strangers, but often find it difficult to find words, questions, and topics. Please make me a wise "talker" and a blessing to others in that.
I have always admired those who have a way with words, have stood in awe of those who so naturally set others at ease even while teaching and correcting, have studied those who seem to easily draw others out by conversation with genuine interest and warmth. Truthfully, Texas if FULL of folks with this gift, ☺ so maybe the Lord will use their grace-filled examples in the next couple of months to continue to mold me in this area! I also hope to make time to read a book on the subject, and not because I want to "win friends and influence people" (unless it is for Christ!) but because I want to lovingly relate to and enjoy them, to bless them with both truth and grace.
Tomorrow...requests for a melancholy heart. ♥