[Adapted from a chapter in Truth & Dare: One Year of Dynamic Devotions for Girls]
“Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” (Proverbs 16:24 – NLT)
I love honey. Canadian honey. Greek honey. Liquid-y. Thick. On my toast. In my chamomile tea. As a dip for chicken nuggets. It doesn’t matter. My favourite, though, is to put a bit of butter and honey on my warm toast and mix them as I spread them on the bread.
Besides being delicious, however, honey has other great qualities. Time for a science (and vocabulary) lesson.
- Honey is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs moisture from the air and stays soft instead of drying up. If you put honey on a sore, it would help prevent a scar because the honey would keep your skin moist.
- Honey is antibacterial, which means it keeps bacteria away. Again, if you put honey on a sore, it would protect the sore from becoming infected.
- Honey contains antioxidants, which means honey protects against certain chemical that could be harmful to your skin or body.
Just like honey makes us feel good physically, a thoughtful and kind message can make someone’s heart feel cheery and help him or her not to give up in a difficult situation.
It doesn’t cost anything to share some sweet words with someone else, so why not make a habit of it?