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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Words Fitly Spoken

The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
—James 3:17 (NLT)

The wisdom that God imparts is gentle, pure, and peaceable. It yields to others and does not insist on its own way. His wisdom is full of grace because He is forgiving and merciful. Bringing forth a wealth of fruit in your life, it never creates something to make a point. It is always honest and sincere.

 Proverbs 10:8 reads:
—The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin (NIV).
—A wise heart takes orders; an empty head will come unglued (MSG).
—The wise are glad to be instructed, but babbling fools fall flat on their faces (NLT). 

If you don't want to be a “chattering or babbling fool” or have an “empty head” or “come to ruin” or be “unglued” or “fall flat on your face," you will gladly allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life. Without His wisdom, you chatter with no purpose and have no peace. If you babble to hear yourself talk, you do not listen to listen to what someone else has to say. Your words have no power to impart hope and faith because they are full of what you consider wisdom instead of God's wisdom. You chatter on unaware of your emptiness and shallowness. 

God gives wisdom generously when asked from a single-minded and sincere heart. You receive it when you yield to the Holy Spirit instead of your own understanding. Only God’s wisdom brings out the best in your life. It results in the wealth of His fruit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—directing your thoughts and actions. Unlike a person that just chatters, His wisdom gives you the ability to speak the truth which makes a differencebrings hopeinstills peaceoffers greater faithand provides a fresh perspective.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver,” Solomon advised (Proverbs 25:11, NKJV). This kind of wise word makes a difference. A friend once spoke of an opportunity that God had extended, and how she believed God was opening doors. Suddenly she mentioned her fear of failure. Someone said to her, “do you really believe that God sets you up for failure?” These were wise words that offered truth and a positive outlook. Neither does God set you up for failure. Daily ask for His wisdom, and always pray for your words to be filled with His wisdom and grace. Words which are fitly spoken consistently make a difference.

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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