How to Bring Sweetness and Healing to Your Home

Proverbs 16:24: “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”

Did you grow up in a home where a parent or both parents screamed, cursed, and insulted each other?

If you did, with time you probably became a victim of their verbal and emotional abuse too.

Now you are an adult, and your home can be different. You can provide peace and love for your family. You can help your children grow up with self-confidence and self-respect.

Start with pleasant words. No matter what you need to say, say it in a gentle manner.

Set boundaries in your home about communication and lead by example. If you don’t want your children to scream, don’t scream at them or your spouse if you are married. Insist that your spouse and extended family not scream in your home either.

If you don’t want your children to curse and call each other names, don’t curse or call them or your spouse names. Insist that your spouse and relatives also refrain from doing so.

Your goal is pleasant words that are “sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Dear God, help me speak pleasant words and apologize when I don’t. Amen.

Application:  What will you do this week to bring sweetness to the soul and healing to the bones of your family?

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