In the Word
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11
Of the Word
Think for a moment of a treasured piece of jewelry — the gold cross given to you on your confirmation day, your wedding band, grandma’s antique brooch. Perhaps fond thoughts and happy memories flood your mind.
The writer of Proverbs compares an appropriate word to a treasured piece of jewelry. A loving word, an encouraging word, even a correcting word may have more value than any jewel. It may bring about forgiveness after anger, joy after sorrow, peace after pain.
Jesus gives us beautiful examples of words fitly spoken.… “your sins are forgiven” (Matthew 9:2b). “Fear not, … you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31). “Let the little children come to me … ” (Matthew 19:14b).At the tomb on Easter Day, Jesus’ simple “Mary” brought her joy and gave her direction (John 20:16).
A Point to Ponder: What fitly spoken words brought about a change in my life?
Walking with my Lord
Thank You, Lord, for fitly spoken words that have brought Your love to me. Help me speak words of encouragement, direction, and peace so that others may know Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.