Pleasant Words
Encouragement from Dr. James L. Marcum, author of Biblical Prescriptions For Life
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

The words we use, and hear, are essential to health. Every input changes our physiology for the positive or the negative. In this text, pleasant words can bring health to mind and body. This text gives an important health truth. Words are important.

Too often, we are not careful with our words, but I want us to think about the words we use as treatments for a world needing healing. In his book, “Words Can Change Your Brain,” Andrew Newberg shares research on the physiology of words. Negative and unkind words change the brain. Even one word can alter our genes. We think of the importance of water, movement, good nutrition, rest, and many other factors in health. Today, let’s consider the significance of the words we use and receive.

I am so thankful to you. You do a great job. I appreciate your work. You are a great friend. I am happy you are participating in Heartwise Ministries. The world is not your home. God will heal in His time. Your work is essential. I love your voice. This food is terrific. You make me laugh. Yes, that is a great idea. God loves you so much. How do these types of words make you feel? I invite you to continue to grow the list.

Chemicals, including epinephrine, cortisol, and cytokines, are produced in response to words received as well as words used. This can change blood pressure, the immune system, and even the neurotransmitters in the brain. Our knowledge of the physiology of words is a work in progress. There is much more to learn. The Bible, the source of truth, mentions the healing power of words.

The phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me,” is not true. The wrong words can initiate health problems. Likewise, the “right “words can aid in healing.

I have been improving this area of my life by reading the words of Christ. He carefully chooses words. He is thankful, truthful yet positive, and always giving hope. I encourage you to think about and improve the words you use by reading the words of Christ. Also, as much as possible, avoid hearing negative words while praying to protect those who are abused by words.

Let’s be a prescription for our world by using pleasant words.

James L. Marcum, M.D. FACC
Author, Biblical Prescriptions for Life

Heartwise Ministry News

  • I finished kicking off a Health/ Bible study in Tellico Plains in January
  • In February, we presented to audiences across Florida in Orlando, Lutz, Sebring, and Avon Park
  • Our YouTube channel is growing, help us share Biblical prescriptions for life
  • Kids ministry is growing in Pakistan
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  • Praying for more opportunities to spread the gospel
  • Continually sharing that Christ is the key to health

I thank you for your prayers, support, and encouragement.

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