This proverb is not about Heaven, but a formula for success in this life. In an ancient kingdom, there would be no better position in life than “friend of the king.”
Yet, after watching TV or the movies, we might be surprised at the qualities that put one in such a position. What will make someone successful? “Loves a pure heart” for both myself and others is a great starting point!.
Then, “gracious speech” from me to everyone else, as well as appreciating all others who do likewise. This verse says we should simply have a good attitude, speak appropriately to everyone and appreciate all others who do the same.
Obviously, this is not a guarantee to be rich, famous, important or powerful. But we can see how it does set us up to feel good about ourselves as well as have influence with others.
So, what should we do to succeed in life? Just think right thoughts and say right things – the same stuff my mom taught me 60 years ago!