Monday’s Moment

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

Advice, correction, direction, exhortation, and such like, properly given is a great blessing. “Apples of gold” is a phrase depicting true value. Thus, words properly spoken are a great blessing and a true value.

“Pictures of silver” is speaking of the vessel in which the “apples of gold” are contained. “Apples of gold” could be contained in a vessel which is dirty, contaminated, repulsive, making the apples unacceptable.

It is also possible to have a beautiful “picture of silver” which is filled with rotten apples. The vessel would be wonderful, but the fruit would be of no value.Therefore, “a word fitly spoken” considers the actual words and the one speaking the words.Words can be very comforting and words can be crushing.

James warns that “no man can tame the tongue” (James 3:8). This is one hundred percent correct, man alone will never tame the tongue. But Jesus said that which is impossible, is possible with God (Matthew 19:26) and Paul wrote that the child of God can do all things through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:13). Man alone cannot present a word “fitly” spoken, but with God we can speak words which are as “apples of gold in pictures of silver.

“The vessel (person) in which the words are found, makes a huge impact on the words. The hypocrite who says one thing, but does another, defeats his words through his actions. It does not make the words untrue, but it does make it difficult for the hearer to accept the words. Luke recorded of our Lord, that He “began both to do and teach (Acts 1:1). Jesus set the example for us to obey the word of God and then teach the word of God. We must realize that our actions will often drowned out our words. 

Let us follow the example of Christ; let us present apples of gold in pictures of silver.