Apples of Gold

July 7, 2017

Apples of Gold

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Throughout our lives we’ve all come to know and experience how cutting, hurtful and harmful words can be that are spoken in a way that is mocking, cruel or unkind.  Words are like a two edged sword, on one edge is life and on the other is death and the flat sides are neutral.  As Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  We have these tremendous weapons in our mouths and often we so carelessly use them and abuse them or we fail to use them in a positive way at all. 

It is wonderful to think about the power we have to edify and build up another through the power of our words.  When we look to speak the best about people then we will see the best in them.  Sometimes we all need words spoken to us that are hard for us to hear, but they are truth.  The words of a true friend are not always going to make us feel good, but hopefully they will help us to be better people and reveal to us things we need to know about ourselves that we are blind too.  Proverb27:17 says, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” In other words, we don’t just speak the words that make us feel good, but we speak the words that help one another grow, the words that challenge us and exhort us. 

God’s Word has many passages that give us great hope and purpose.  It can greatly edify us and build us up.  God’s Word can also cut us to the bone and reveal the ugliness of our sin and wrong motives.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  God’s Word goes to the heart of the matter.  If correction is needed, it will correct us and chastise us and if edification is needed, it will build us up and set our feet upon a right path.  While hard words are difficult for many of us to hear, we will hear them and receive them more readily if we know that the person’s heart is pure who is speaking those words.  If we know the motive for speaking hard things to us is love, then we are more apt to receive those words into our heart in order that they might produce life and betterment in us. 

Proverbs 25:11, today’s passage, paints for us a picture that right words, spoken in season, can create rich and beautiful things.  If we are walking in the love and spirit of Christ then our words should be moved and spoken out of a right spirit and a contrite heart.  In other words, when we are speaking right words into someone’s life we are doing it in love and without spiritual pride or haughtiness on our part.  We all need ones that will speak both blessing and correction into our lives, in love.  Those are our true friends.  Those are the ones that know how to speak out of the nature of God and in the spirit of redemption and mercy.  Their words are ‘the apples of gold set in pictures of silver.’

How will we use the sword that God has put in our mouths?  Will it produce apples of gold or a bloody mess?  Let us choose our words wisely and pray that the Spirit of God directs what, where, when and how we speak.  Remember the power of death and life is in your tongue, both for you and for others.  Ask God to put a watch before your mouth that you may speak out of both wisdom and love.

 

Blessings,

#kent

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