Ready for Day #5 on our journey of 100 Days to My Anniversary?
Let not silence rule, but let your words be fitly spoken like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
Apples of gold in pictures of silver refers to an intricately fashioned, decorative piece of artwork using precious metals to display a golden apple or apple tree in a setting of silver — the work of a fine craftsman.
To work with precious metals, heat is applied to purify the metal, and to make it pliable or molten, and then it is fashioned by a craftsman usually by pouring gold into a mold, or sculpting silver to create a work of art. With the same precision and care, we should prepare, purify, and fashion our words to create a masterpiece of encouragement and counsel.
Our words are truly powerful. They have the power to build up or tear down. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands [or perhaps her own tongue?] the foolish one tears hers down.”
What is truly amazing is that we can start fresh today; if we don’t like the sculpture our words have built, we can apply some heat, refine it, and fashion it into a more perfect design.
Words hurt, but words can heal. It might take a hundred good things to replace the one hurtful thing spoken in anger or frustration — so we better get started!
Here’s our challenge for today:
Build up your husband with your words. Purpose in your heart to say not one negative, hasty or hurtful word today. Make the words that you speak as rare and desirable as golden apples in silver settings.
And if you’ve been giving him the silent treatment, it’s time to break the silence, and give him the common courtesy of respectful discourse! Let’s choose our words wisely today. Let’s fashion them carefully, and create a work of art — something elegant, rare and tasteful that we are proud to display!
We should make those golden words delicious and tasty — just in case we have to eat them someday!
Coffee still warm? Pick one of these extra challenges.
- In your journal write a goal for today of words you want to say to your husband. How do you hope he’ll respond?
- Write down three kind things you can say to your husband today.
- Write a note of apology for a recent harsh word you spoke to him, and replace it with GOOD WORDS!
- Read these verses about words: Ephesians 4:29, Psalm 34:13