Life is not ideal. Some situations are ugly, despicable, and disgraceful. Some behavior is injurious and discouraging. This means that all words cannot be pleasant all the time. There are no pleasant words to accurately describe a senseless murder, a brutal act of rape, or false rumor that severely damages the reputation of a person. This being said, one should have the mindset of speaking pleasant words whenever the situation is appropriate. In the normal, daily interactions with people, one’s conversations should be encouraging and uplifting.
The text says, “pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Positive words are encouraging and strengthening. Pleasant words inspire hope and optimism. They help to heal the inner hurts of those who have been battered by the experiences of life. Pleasant words increase a sense of self worth. Say something good to, and about someone when you can, they bless the lives of people!