Speaking With Power
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters. — Proverbs 25:11-13
Have you ever noticed how negative and critical our speech can be? Take note today. Listen to the conversations of those around you. We rant about politics. We're pessimistic about the future. We're critical of people and processes. At some point today, you'll hear someone name-calling, gossiping, or using sarcasm as a weapon to bring another person down. And you, yes, you might join in. And in the end, you might even talk negatively about yourself to yourself. Just listen to the negativity and criticism. It might surprise you how insidious it is.
But in this proverb, we gain some valuable insight. It's the value of a word fitly spoken. It has incredible power. The writer says it makes men rich, wise, pure, and refreshing. So why not be a messenger with a different message today at work, in your home, and with your friends?
ASK THIS: What one thing will you do to be a messenger of good news to the world today? (Share this in the comment section below.)
DO THIS: Be rich, wise, pure, and refreshing and make this true for others as well.
PRAY THIS: God, in a world full of negativity, may I be a voice of good news.
PLAY THIS: Word of God Speak.
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