Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Everyone enjoys receiving a compliment. "Hey, nice shoes." "I love your iPhone case." "That was a great corner kick on the pitch today." In our daily vocations as students, siblings, children, parents, spouses, workers (and the list goes on), Solomon's words in Proverbs prove true. Gracious words are like a honeycomb.
And if gracious words we speak to one another are good, how much greater, then, are the gracious words Jesus--the Word made flesh--speaks to us daily and weekly!
We need Jesus' gracious words because our words are not always like a honeycomb; they are more like poison from our sinful hearts. We gossip about our friends behind their backs. We disrespect our parents and others in authority over us. From our mouth comes both blessing and curse. Apart from Jesus' gracious words we remain in the bitterness of sin and death. But our sinful words are no match for Jesus' gracious words.
In His gracious Word Jesus declares, "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). In His gracious Word Jesus promises, "Baptism now saves you" (1 Peter 3:21). In His gracious Word Jesus proclaims, "If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven" (John 20:23). In His gracious Word Jesus delivers food for body and soul as He says, "Take, eat; this is my Body. Take, drink; this cup is the new testament in my Blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins."
Jesus fills us with His gracious words in Baptism, Absolution, the Gospel, and the Lord's Supper. And then, with David in Psalm 51:15, we pray, "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise." In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
To hope grown dim, to hearts turned cold Speak tongues of fire and make us bold To shine Your Word of saving grace Into each dark and loveless place. (Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide, LSB 585:3)