Use Words to Support and Comfort.
Okay, let’s review the previous posts. We found verses in Proverbs to remind us that silence is a virtue. So…when should we refuse to remain quiet and speak up?
Proverbs 25:11 reads: “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Solomon presents a beautiful word picture to illustrate wise words. The lesson here is that we should consider content and timing when revealing our thoughts. Perhaps a child, loved one, or employee needs a bit of correction. When adjustment is given in a loving, kind way and at the appropriate moment, it is usually received in the same spirit by the one hearing it. Words we fine-tune and give properly, are apples of gold in settings of silver. Such appropriate conversations soothe a soul with riches and can alter behavior. Hmmm. Gold apples set in silver, that icon would make a fine piece of jewelry, don’t you think?
Mother Goodness, the angel mentor to Sarah, appears often in the Sarah series to give Sarah delicate apples of gold set in silver. Not that Sarah always remembers the lessons, but Mother Goodness knows how to deliver the messages in a kind manner. Sarah, the haphazard angel, identifies with humans. We are erratic and forgetful with our speech patterns and actions.
Proverbs 31:8-9 says: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”
Most of us know innocents who can’t defend themselves. The unborn child is one of them. The Prolife Group communicates for these little guys, and we should. How about the homeless? They exist in a low state and often find it difficult to change their position.
We can voice concern and evoke change for vulnerable people and we can treat everyone fairly. Kind confrontations on behalf of others are wise words.
How about looking for ways to share gracious words and encouragement to others this week?