I don’t normally wear much jewelry, but these verses from Proverbs 25 appeal to me on January 25.
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” Proverbs 25:11-12 NIV
The word aptly means suitable, appropriate. In my mind I see a craftsman shaping and working a precious metal, taking his time to create something that will be lovely, worthwhile, and appreciated. That’s how I want to use my words. Whether offering encouragement or a carefully delivered rebuke, I want what I say to be suitable and appropriate for the need of the moment.
To complete the picture, it means that choosing my words carefully and delivering them lovingly is like giving my listener a fine gold ornament. I’d love to do that!
by Kathy Sheldon Davis