While studying God’s Word, I came across a verse I’d heard since I was a teenager, but had never really meditated on as an adult.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver. Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV)
“A word fitly spoken….”
I immediately thought of the many…many…MANY words I’ve spoken that could not be labeled fitly or aptly spoken. And for some of them, I’m still paying for that failure.
Back when God first took me on this journey of obedience with Him, I read and studied a variety of passages that talked about the power of the tongue. I realized then that even though the tongue is a little thing, it can be a tool for good or for evil. It can heal or hurt…build up or tear down…encourage or discourage.
The tongue can carry the power of life, especially in relationships.
I’ve had relationships saved and mended with the use of good words, quality words, aptly spoken words. And I praise God for them.
But I’ve also had relationships damaged–sometimes beyond human repair–all because of my hurtful, unmonitored words. For those, I’ve asked forgiveness and pray God will heal where my words have hurt.
So my challenge to each of us today, especially as speakers and writers, is that we will be committed to spreading The Word, His Word, through aptly spoken words of love.
After all, those are the words He speaks to us day after day–life-giving words.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,