Words wound and leave scars. Words are often used by design to discredit or destroy the hopes and dreams of another. They are spoken with disgust and disapproval to hurt or harm a person’s best intentions or desires. Words can be cruel and hateful, spiteful and repulsive. They can be disastrous to a person’s reputation and future goals.
But words can also be blessings and bring hope and encouragement. “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” What a thought provoking scene. Imagine if you will, fruit carved from gold by a craftsman and then placed in a brightly polished bowl made from silver - a sight that would excite the senses and bring a sense of amazement.
The phrase “A word aptly spoken” suggests saying the right thing at the right time in the right place. It may be sharing a verse of Scripture with a loved one as they are passing through a difficult experience. It may be sharing words of comfort and hope, encouragement and support or matching tears that are flowing from the eyes of one who is experiencing the loss of a loved one and is unable to deal at that time with the grim realities of grief. One thing is certain: Not all words fit all occasions. Not all words are good for all occasions. There are times to speak and times to be silent. There are times to talk and even more times to listen. It is the listening heart and the love of God that can flow through us when those in need are waiting for a “word aptly spoken.”
Prayer: Seal our lips, Lord, from speaking harsh and harmful words. May they bring help, hope and healing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 25:11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a ruling rightly given.