"A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver."
I love setting a table with china, cloth napkins, goblets, candles and everything to make it attractive. Sometimes I will do this even if we don't have company. There is something about a beautifully set table that makes the meal even more special.
So this verse in Proverbs appeals to me. I love the mental picture I get of beautiful, golden apples and elegant silver all gleaming together on a lovingly set table. And this is exactly what a word that is carefully and thoughtfully given is like. It brings beauty and produces something good in the person to whom it is spoken.
The idea is that our words are carefully thought out. Before we offer advice or input, we think and pray over the words before they are given. Yet how often do we simply open our mouths, and let them come spewing out. We then end up having to spend days and weeks and even years cleaning up the aftermath of careless words. I have struggled with this many times throughout my life and I'm sure some of you can relate to it also.
And another thought this verse has is that the words may actually be thought through and prayed over, but the timing can be off. A word that is given at the wrong moment can do just as much damage as one that is given off the cuff. Perhaps a day or two or a few weeks need to go by before we offer advice or correction.
Let’s remember to think and pray first before we let our words carelessly fly. Let’s be deliberate in all we do, especially in this area of our mouths.
We want our words to be given so that they will be received beautifully, like apples of gold in settings of silver!