A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.


A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

Did you know that the above quote is from the Bible? It may seem like a strange verse, but when you look at the context, it makes sense. Proverbs (the book of wisdom) chapter 15 starts by saying:

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

It continues with many other words of advice about our words:

Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

26 The Lord detests evil plans, but he delights in pure words.

28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

It also relates words to wisdom, and wisdom to listening:

Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.

The lips of the wise give good advice; the heart of a fool has none to give.

12 Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.

14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.

22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.

Your words can lift up or tear down those around you. The result of speaking well and listening to constructive criticism is a cheerful heart, happiness, and good health for yourself and others.

13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.

15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.

Finally, if you follow this advice, you will be content, no matter what!

16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord, than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.

These words are applicable and beneficial to all people, regardless of faith. However, for those of us who call ourselves Christians, they are imperative if we expect to have a positive influence on those around us. In a nutshell:

1. Be a little more gentle with others, and less critical.

2. Think before you speak, and choose your words carefully.

3. Listen to good advice, and stop being so defensive.

4. Seek knowledge from wise and trustworthy sources. 

5. Be content with less stuff and more love.

6. Smile, and be happy!

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© Bobbi Mullins 2011, All rights reserved. FOOD FITNESS FAITH™