“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pitchers of silver.” (Proverbs 5:11)
One word can change the entire atmosphere, yes that is the power of the words we speak. It can hurt a person, raise a person’s anger, sooth a person’s anger, it has the capability of changing the entire conversation.
A tongue can set houses on fire, it is one boneless muscle, can twist however it likes. We all have experienced, either personally or observing it in others, how just a word at the right time and place, can do wonders or bring disasters.
“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.” (Is. 50:4)
“A word in season”, is the most important aspect that needs to be remembered. We ought to know the right “season”, or time. Some of us are not learned, or have not consulted the Lord about a subject or situation and therefore, speak “a word out of season” and can have a devastating effect. We ought to be conscious of what we speak, at times we may speak what we don’t want to, so being under the leadership of God, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit is must.
The spoken word is a powerful tool. In Genesis, the first chapter, God spoke the world, even the entire Universe, into existence. God said….., God said….., God said, etc, etc. Words, mere words, yet the entire Universe came into being when God spoke.
It seems the Jewish fathers, have the habit of speaking a blessing on each of their children daily by laying their hand on their heads as they leave their home. They do this, because they know the power of the spoken word.
Now we know that, we can either tear a person down, or build up a person with “a word fitly spoken”. Rom. 14:19 says “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which one may edify.” Let our conversation be seasoned with salt and be it tasty and pleasing to all that hear us.
“A word fitly spoken” as Solomon taught in Proverbs, “is surely like apples of gold and pitchers of silver”.
Prayer: Lord, help us speak words of tenderness; words of edification to our friends and family; help us build them up in spirit and not destroy them with a “word out of season”. Lord give me the ability to speak with a learned and sweet spirit and knowing mind. In Jesus name, Amen.