A Word Fitly Spoken
Yesterday's Proverbs reading seemed particularly appropriate for someone who spends so much time writing!
11A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
In settings of silver.
12Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold
Is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear.
13Like the cold of snow in time of harvest
Is a faithful messenger to those who send him,
For he refreshes the soul of his masters.
We all have heard the expression, "Truer words were never spoke." Our words can have so much value and meaning. We can't wait to hear the good news. Some wait for the Lottery or Sweepstakes Prize Patrol. Some are anxious for some important decision to be made.
God wants us to view even criticism as something important that we should hear, if it's intended for our correction. He calls us to obedience, and many times that call comes from those closest to us, who have the courage to approach us in love with a message of correction.
And sometimes we must be that messenger. But if He is the author of the message, then well might the receiver of our message be refreshed. There should be no nourishment greater than a fitly spoke word that helps us draw closer to God by being obedient to His voice of correction.