Proverbs 15:23 ” A man finds joy in giving an apt reply and how good is a timely word!”

The writer Mark Twain once said, ” The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the difference between lightening and a lightening bug.” We only have to look elsewhere in Proverbs to find many verses that talk about the wise person giving the proper word at the proper time. Proverbs 25:11 tells us that, “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver…or that well chosen words can be compared to beautiful and costly objects of fine craftsmanship. But words spoken out of season can have detrimental effects on relationships as Proverbs 12:18 warns, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Giving the appropriate word at just the right time takes wisdom and listening to the Holy Spirit for guidance. And if you’re unsure what to say, do what my Grandma used to tell me, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Author: kezha1

A Christian mother, grandmother, and retired nurse living in Illinois. Called into a ministry of encouraging others to find their ultimate plan and purpose in life through Christ.

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