Be like Honey
Honey has a number of uses. Did you know that honey for many years has held some healing benefits. It has been used to dress wounds as an antibacterial agent, it has been used to fight off infections. They also say that it has certain vitamins that are helpful to protect the body against things like heart disease. In the old days they would use it for coughs, burns or ulcers. Honey has inherent healing properties.
Honey has other uses as well. It can be used a sweetener because it is so sweet. People often put it on bread or in coffee or tea. Winnie the pooh also really liked honey, so we can’t ignore that.
Eat honey, my son, for it is good;honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 24:13-14
There is a comparison made of wisdom and honey. Wisdom is more than just rules, wisdom directs our steps to obedience to God. Honey is sweet and our mouth enjoys sweet things. Wisdom will not only help us avoid bad, but it will also help us to what is good and receive a blessing in that. So, we understand that God has something to tell us on how to live our lives. There is wisdom to be gained from the Bible that will actually translate into what you do each day.
How does wisdom help to mend the wounds of relationships? If it is like honey, it soothes and heals! What does wisdom teach us about how to better relate to others?
Wisdom tells us to help other people know and follow God
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. - Proverbs 24:11
The Bible tells us that Jesus is the only way to God. Everyone is allowed to enter into eternity with God through one way, God’s way, which is through His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us to go tell people the message. I know a lot has been said over the years about preaching the Gospel without words, but you know you need to use words sometimes. Sure, people will notice how you live your life, provided you live it in obedience to God, but they will notice when you open your mouth and graciously present the Gospel to them. This is our responsibility because there are people dying everyday without Jesus. Wisdom says that we need to help people follow God. That we need to do our part to warn them about the path that they are on and that there is eternal life in Christ. This is all about being available to opportunities God gives to share what He has done in you. If you apply the metaphor of honey to this, you are bringing reconciliation to a relationship with God. It brings healing to their soul.
Wisdom tells us to love people who don’t love us back
Jesus told us to love our enemies and He also modeled it. This is what will set you apart from the rest of the world. This is what will turn the most heads. When you are able to not reciprocate hate to someone, but instead you pray for them or try to show them kindness, even if they have done something to you. This is radical, world-changing stuff. But, it is what Jesus has done for us and we are called to do it to others.
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, – Proverbs 24:17
We are not to enjoy the destruction of our enemy as much as we are to love them. This is not easy, but it is something we need to ask God to do in us. We sure love to receive forgiveness from God, but giving it out can be a whole different story.
Wisdom tells us to honor those over us
This could be boiled down to perhaps respect and rebellion. This is about respect for those who have authority over parts of your life and the rebellion that sometimes comes with that.
Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with the rebellious – Proverbs 24:21
Fear God, obey God, listen to Him and what He wants. We fear God by viewing Him as the Almighty God that He is. As the one who alone holds all things in His hands and who holds the keys to salvation in His hand. A proper view of God puts all other things in their place. A proper view of God realizes there are things in this life that are not easy, or there are people who rub us the wrong way, but that is nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ.
There are many relationships that need honey applied to them,whether for healing or for a relief from the bitterness they are experiencing now. The problem is that so many people don’t listen to God’s Word for guidance on this and miss out on the benefits of it. So, will you be like honey and bring the joy of God’s wisdom to your relationships?