Be Sweet, Y’all

28 Sep

“You can catch more flies with honey … but seriously, what do I want with a bunch of flies?” ~  Rhonda Rhea

Flies and HoneyActually, the complete metaphor is, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

Flies represent anything you want to achieve. Honey represents anything pleasant you do to get what you want. Vinegar is anything unpleasant you do to get what you want. The point is, it’s better to use nice, kind, honest, good-character-filled behavior and methods when you deal with people and circumstances. So ~ be sweet!

Want to add sweet, affirming, encouraging words to your vocabulary? Be sure to ground your conversations in the Word of God. The Word is “more to be desired than gold, even much fine gold” and “sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19: 10). In other words, if you have a choice between the Word of God and gold, or the Word of God and the sweetness of honey (the pleasures of any of life’s “sweet” things), always choose the Word!

This truth has many applications. For one, when ministering to others, don’t beat people over the head with truth; attract them like honey with the winsomeness of the love of God through you. Show people the same grace God has shown to you!

I (Dawn) remember Tanzel Rousey, a dear woman in Macon, Georgia, who ~ in the midst of some bickering Christians ~ yelled out, “Be sweet, y’all!” She understood the power of loving, kind words.

And that is a powerful application that reaches into our personal lives. God’s Word will keep us sweet in all of our relationships.

God’s Word dwelling in us will smooth down the rough edges of Honey Drippingmarriage and parenting hassles.

The precious Word of God will help us respond right in tricky relationships, too, with soft answers (Proverbs 15:1) and wise words (Proverbs 16:23a; 15:28; Colossians 2:3; ).

Study Psalm 19:7-11 to see some of the benefits of the Word of God in your life ~ benefits like wisdom and joy.

What is your biggest struggle to “be sweet” in relationships?

What scripture/s do you use to remind yourself that kind, encouraging, building-people-up words are always best?

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