A Wise Word: Reflection on Proverbs 25:11 (@Seeking1st)

 

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Social media is full of words

– funny, sad, silly, wise, cruel, kind, judgemental, helpful, beautiful, ugly.

Posting on Twitter, Facebook and all the rest is so quick, it’s easy to say things we later regret. How many times have you re-tweeted a tweet that seems to be news, but without pausing to check the facts, so your tweet becomes false gossip or even slander. Or perhaps it is true but expressed in a cruel way? You know the sort of thing.

Dave Roberts has a helpful Proverbs related post about our use of words in Words! Aaaarggh! Do take a look.

My post today is about one particular saying from the Book of Proverbs, beautifully illustrated in this image by Alison Lait who says that some people “have the gift of saying just the right thing”. I think that’s a God-given gift and can be developed and encouraged.

Proverbs 25: 11 says this

“A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (NRSV)

Here is my reflection on what the nature of a “a word fitly spoken” might be. I leave it to you to think about how that can apply in social media use.

 

A WORD FITLY SPOKEN

 

“A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

 

A word that fits

fits the time,

respects the place,

suits the person.

A word that speaks

speaks with wisdom,

communicates truth,

from a heart of love.

A word that discerns

discerns the situation

refrains from judging

does not condemn.

A word that is crafted

crafted with skill

fashioned with care

shaped to fit.

“A word fitly spoken

is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

 

 

About Nancy Wallace

Blogs as Seeker (http://nancysblog-seeker.blogspot.co.uk/). Tweets on Twitter as @Seeking1st. Church of England minister and grandmother, struggling to learn to pray, paint and play.