Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the older I get, the more I remember valuable life lessons my mother taught me. “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”, she often would say. As a child, I didn’t understand why one would want to catch flies, but I do remember wanting to catch a bee, so I could get some honey; however, all I caught was a bee sting and a rebuke from my mother. A few years later, I understood the meaning of the saying: she was teaching me to speak sweet words rather than bitter words because she wanted me to be healthy and happy. Today, I thank God for my mother and for all mothers who care enough about their child/children to instruct and teach them the way they should go.
The Bible says in Proverbs 16:24 KJV, “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” God, as our loving Father, took the time to instruct us on how we should be and how we should not be in both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible. There are scores of verses throughout the King James Holy Bible giving us instruction on how we are to be. Below are several from the New Testament:
Ephesians 4:26, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”
Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Ephesians 5:1, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”
Ephesians 5:17, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”
James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
James 5:8, “Be ye also patient;”
James 5:12, “but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
1 Peter 1:15, “so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;”
1 Peter 1:16, “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
1 Peter 2:3, “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
1 Peter 3:8, “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:”
1 Peter 4:7, “be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”
Are you being who God expects you to be or are you following the course of the world? Are you resembling your Heavenly Father in your being? God is asking every Christian, will ye be………….?