Author: Gary Evans
Proverbs 16 continually draws us back to the fact that God’s ways are always right for us—in spite of our “best” (or “worst”) efforts to direct our own paths.
A favorite for me in this chapter is verse 24 (ESV): “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
In life it seems so much easier to be negative and to continually find fault in others or in the events around us; yet we, as Christians, should be the most gracious, kind, thankful, and optimistic people on this planet. Even though we are just “passing through,” we are to be ambassadors of Jesus that “live life more abundantly.”
Jesus healed ten men of leprosy in Luke 17, but only one returned to thank and praise him. Could that be similar to the percentage of us today that are truly thankful (and express it)?
Gratitude is a choice that we make, and is not based on our circumstances or status in life. It is also inherent in almost all of the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23 (read it).
May we be more gracious (and grateful) daily so that others may see our attitudes and actions and glorify our Father—and find sweetness to their souls and health to their bodies!