A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear. -Proverbs 25:11-12, KJV
We must be willing to hear the truth.
If you are willing to hear that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, you can be saved. If you can hear that you have messed up and that there is hope for change, that becomes good news. (This is what verse 12 means.)
If you are struggling with something – whether a sin, a discomfort, a pain, or a problem – it can be difficult to listen.
A fitly spoken word is one that cuts through the pain and worry, it cuts through the distractions, and touches the humanity of the hearer. How many times have we been hurting, and that one person comes alongside, comforts us, and we feel safe to trust listen?
Now Apply It
There are many things wrong in our world today. They lead to pain, discomfort, and problems, and frequently they come from sin.
Now, who would you rather listen to:
- The person who attacks your intentions, character, and way of life, or
- The person who can connect with you, offer hope, and then points out your part?
Obviously, we would all listen to the second person more readily. Both point out the problem and the sin, but only one treats you with respect.
Which person are you?
Do you vilify those you disagree with or who cause problems, or do you seek to resolve things peacefully?
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 KJV
We are to be peace-makers.
And remember, do not take attacks from others personally. Just like us, they need to be washed in Christ’s atoning blood and forgiveness. Show grace. They are hurting, too.
Let them see Christ. You are the gold earring they will see as they whisper in His ear. You are the gold necklace they find when resting on His shoulder.