Together in Christ: 'Too Many Sweets Sicken the Delight' — Proverbs 25:27

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it's not good to seek honors for yourself.
— Proverbs 25:27 NLT

Key Thought

Many of us struggle to feel important. This insecurity manifests in conversations with others when we brag about ourselves or bring the conversation back to ourselves with a flattering story about something we have done or experienced. When we see the "humble brag" in others, we should examine our own speech for such a self-exalting focus. The Holy Spirit wants us to know that paying too much attention to ourselves, and our worth is similar to "eating too much honey" or other thick sweets. Somewhere in consuming sweets, we move from delight to cloyingly sweet — that yucky, "Argh, I've had too much sweet stuff!" feeling.

Our wisdom today about our relationships comes from Proverbs. This proverb reminds us that we must not overlook the humble brag, the insecure routing of conversations to end in our having the final word, or the cute retort. When we suck all conversation dry to satisfy our lagging self-esteem, we leave a cloying taste in the hearts of those around us. Today's relationship verse is straightforward and blunt: "...it's not good to seek honors for yourself." The image chosen is powerful: just as too much honey loses its delightfulness and becomes cloying, so can we if we seek honor for ourselves. We need to remember the following principle in every conversation:

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. [1]
[1] Ephesians 4:29.

Today's Prayer

Loving Father, I need Your help to guard my conversation and reign in my desire to feel important. O, Holy Spirit, filter my words through Your desire to bless and build up others through my speech. I want to honor Your desire to bring others to Jesus and lift others who need encouragement. Forgive me for my selfishness and insecurity that often destructively poisons my desire to be a blessing. I ask for your help in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  • James 1:19-25

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Illustration of Proverbs 25:27 NLT — It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it's not good to seek honors for yourself.

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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