Monday, November 2, 2015

Apples of Gold

By Andrea Merrell

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold 
in pictures of silver.
Proverbs 25:11 KJV

“Oh, how I needed to hear that!”

People all around us—those we know and those we don’t—are starving for a kind word. Sometimes a simple attaboy or attagirl will make someone’s day and give them the motivation to keep moving forward.

Words are powerful. The Bible says they carry the power of both life and death. They create faith or fear. They can build up and tear down. Angry, unkind words create wounds that go deep, while soft answers and gentle words can soothe a troubled soul.

God speaks life into our spirit the same way He spoke the world into existence, and He expects us to do the same. When we speak just the right word (of love, praise, thanksgiving, encouragement, and affirmation) at just the right time, the Bible says it is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. The Message puts it this way: The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry.

I’ve heard it said that it only takes one single word from God to change the entire course of someone’s destiny. When we are willing to be generous with our words—and led by the Holy Spirit—we can speak life into those around us. You may not remember exactly what you said, but your words may be a lifeline for them and something they will remember for eternity.

(Photo courtesy of and imelenchon.)