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Naturally Sweet

Naturally Sweet

Materials: Honey

Scripture Reference: Psalm 119:103

Bee-keeping has proven to be an adventurous and rewarding process. It turns out, the final result is the sweetest treat a person could hope to get. Honey is rich in sweetness, and consuming it regularly provides numerous benefits.

Some of those benefits include: natural energy booster, preventing muscle fatigue, immune system builder, treatment of sore throat because of antimicrobial properties, improved digestion, etc. Honey is good for eating and useful to aid overall wellness.

Have you ever thought about the process bees complete to produce honey? It’s orderly and precise. Producing this special treat with so many uses is a completely natural by-product of the work the bees do.

For those trusting Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have something sweeter and better than honey. In Psalms 119:103, we read that God’s words are sweeter than honey. When we read God’s Holy Word, it is clear that His words toward us are truly sweet, kind, and gentle. God has an orderly and precise plan for His dear children, and sweetness is a completely natural byproduct of God’s nature.

While thinking about this Scripture, I began listing ways in which the Word of God is sweet. In His Word we have promises that prove to be truth; we have hope in eternal life by His death and resurrection; we have comfort through the promised comforter; we have peace that passes understanding; we have a friend who sticks closer than a brother, we have fellowship with a Holy God whose eyes are upon us and His ears are open unto our cries. We have judgement, and, even in judgement, we have sweet mercy. This list of God’s kindness toward us could continue going for much time.

Serving God is not an “easier” path of life, but having the Holy Spirit as a guide and companion makes the journey so much sweeter—just like the honey from our honeycomb. The final result is eternity with Jesus and that is the sweetest treat any person should hope to gain. Reading God’s Word, prayer, preaching, and worshiping God with brothers and sisters in Christ is vital nourishment for children of God. These practices aid in overall wellness of believers.

I am reminded that my precious Jesus Himself is the Word of God made flesh. It is Him that is so kind and gentle. It is truly so very sweet to trust in Jesus.

Action Steps:

  1. Let your children sample some honey and something bitter (like lemon juice). Discuss sweetness vs bitterness and explain that Jesus took our bitter punishment so we could enjoy His sweetness.
  2. As a family, list ways in which you recognize sweetness in Jesus on a personal level.
  3. Talk about the sweet moments that you have as a family and then take time to tell each family member what you find sweet about him or her.
  4. Rejoice together that you experience trusting in such a sweet Friend.

Additional Scripture References:

Psalm 18:2, 37-3-5, 40:4, 46: 1-3, 84;11-12, 119:105, 145: 8;  Proverbs 6:23, 15:16; 8:17

Matthew 11:18; John 3:16, 6:47; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:8; II Timothy 3:15-16; Hebrews 4:12;

II Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:19; Revelation 1:3

By: Lydia Cox

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