Happy Wednesday! So glad you took the time to stop by, I know it’s gonna be a good day! You are more than enough, you have been chosen!
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11
Wow. It’s been a busy few weeks trying to get ready to leave for our trip, but it’s been a good kind of busy! Last Thursday morning while I was outside cleaning up the yard from the storms I found my myself picking up all sorts of things that had blown into our yard. It has always amazed me how the wind can pick something up and carry half way a cross the neighborhood. Well… I had finally made it to our apple tree and let me tell this tree drops apples more that I can even explain. The issue is that it is planted right beside our walkway so if you are not careful; stepping on a fallen apple can send you to the ground in a hurry … OUCH! As I was bending over and cleaning up all the fallen apples I kept thinking about the words we say… sometimes like these apple we just let them fall…
Have you ever truly taken a moment to think about the words you speak? I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t. The above verse talks about words that are “fitly spoken”. Do we think about our words before we say them?
Most of the things in our lives we actually do think about first before we do them, especially dressing ourselves. When we go to get dressed we think about whether our clothes are appropriate for where we’re going. If we were on our way to a funeral, we normally wouldn’t choose a bright red dress. We’d choose something black or subtle.
If we were going out in public we would think whether our clothes matched before we put them on. We usually even think about whether something is comfortable before getting dressed. However, when it comes to the words we clothe ourselves with we don’t always think about whether they are appropriately chosen.
We wouldn’t choose our clothes by reaching around in the dark and just grabbing something to put on and yet that is how we dress our mouths sometimes. We haplessly grab anything to say and think it will do.
Proverbs 29:20 says, seeth thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him.
How much better our entire lives would run and how much better our relationships with others around us would be if we really were careful about the words we chose to use every time we opened our mouths.
Referring back to Proverbs 25:11, it states that fitly chosen words are “like apples of gold in pictures of silver”, (In my words the right word spoken at the right time is like a custom & priceless piece of art). When we speak that way it’s a beautiful thing! Imagine being in a museum and looking at a beautiful painting of golden apples in an ornately crafted silver picture frame. It is pleasing and breathtaking to look at.
The Bible equates fit words with something that is beautiful and lovely so why should we treat what we say so lightly?
David prayed in Psalm 141:3, “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Let’s follow David’s example and as we ask for God’s help to keep our mouths and improve our words here are six things to ask ourselves.
A. Are my words APPROPRIATE?
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! Proverbs 15:23
P. Are my words PLEASANT?
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:24
P. Are my words PURE?
The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life… Proverbs 10:11
L . Are my words LOVELY?
And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth…. Luke 4:22
E . Are my words ENCOURAGING?
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad. Proverbs 12:25
S. Are my words SOFT?
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
My challenge for you today is to take the time to choose your words as carefully as you would choose an outfit, a new car, or even a house you are considering buying! Our words have a lasting effect and once they are spoken they can not be taken back !
I love you my beautiful blogging friends! Be blessed, be bold, and be you ! No matter what you are loved more than you know!!
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” —Mother Teresa.