There is a time for everything, a time to be silent and a time to speak. Let us be wise and save our words for the right moment.
Like apples of gold garnished with silver, so is a word spoken at the right time.
LIKE APPLES OF GOLD GARNISHED WITH SILVER, SO IS A WORD SPOKEN AT THE RIGHT TIME.
"Like apples of gold garnished with silver, so is a word spoken at the right time." Proverbs 25:11
Comment when you have something valuable to say.
There are times when you should say nothing. But there are also some instances when saying nothing can be even worse than saying something. It’s important to know the difference and act accordingly.
If you want to make sure your words don’t fall on deaf ears, make sure they contain a valuable message that both parties can benefit from. Instead of commenting on every single thing that goes wrong or right in a conversation, save your comments for when they matter most: when someone asks for advice or asks you for help with something difficult (or maybe just difficult enough).
If you don't have anything good to say, don't speak.
The Book of Proverbs says: “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t speak.”
The idea is that words are powerful and can do great harm, especially when said in anger or malice. So if you don't have something nice to say about someone else's appearance or behavior, don't speak at all. Better yet, if you're going to be critical of someone else's actions or words—whether in person or online—make sure your criticism is constructive and not just a cheap shot designed to make yourself feel better by putting another down. That's not being honest; it's being mean (and probably not very well thought out).
The right time for a word to be spoken is when it will bring glory to God and benefit to his children and his kingdom.
A word spoken at the right time is like apples of gold in silver settings, and a word rightly timed is more precious than jewels.
Speak when you have something of value to say. The Bible says that if we don't have anything good to say, we should keep our mouths shut (Ephesians 4:29). If you don't have anything valuable to offer, then don't speak! Don't just go around speaking out of habit or because it feels good; only speak when what you are about to say has value in itself and will help others grow spiritually.
The right word, in the right moment, can be a blessing.
A word spoken at the wrong time or in the wrong way can be an enormous burden. The weight of one poorly chosen phrase may hang on your neck for years to come. You must use wisdom when choosing what you say and when you say it—and this means not only being mindful of others' feelings but also considering how your words might affect God's kingdom overall.
You must choose your words carefully because this is one area where we're reminded that "the tongue has the power of life and death." (Proverbs 18:21) Your words have meaning and power; they are either life-giving or deadly depending on how they are used!
Words are powerful things, and we should be careful how we use them. When used properly, they can bring great benefit to your life and those around you. But if you use them inappropriately or without care, they can bring much harm instead. So consider carefully how you use your words today; choose wisely what kind of fruit you're going to bear!
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