“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Gracious Speech

(Please read Colossians 4:5-6)

February 18

In view of the amount of talking all of us do every day, it’s obvious that we have many opportunities to say the wrong thing, to trip over our own tongues. So the Bible cautions us to be careful in this regard. One of the beautiful passages on the subject says this: “A word fitly spoke is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11, KJV).

Later versions mention “settings” of silver. We don’t need to know more than that to know the illustration here is of something finely crafted, an interesting term to describe certain words. “Fitly” is not a word you hear tossed around in everyday conversation, but its meaning is not at all obscure. It means just what it sounds like — something fitting, or appropriate to, the time and circumstances.

Wouldn’t it be great if our communications generally adhered to that sort of standard? Let’s try, this very day, to make our part of any conversation words “fitly spoken.” And let many of those words be about the Lord and his goodness.

The song, “The World’s Bible,” points to the importance of fitly spoken words with these lines: “He has no tongue but our tongues/ To tell men how He died” and “What if our tongues are speaking/Of things his life would spurn. . . ?”

Please pray now for God to help you have gracious speech today.

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