This is Celia C. Tillman bringing you greetings and encouragement from the Honey-Comb of Praises. Our lesson for this month is WORDS THAT ARE FITLY SPOKEN. Ladies, words that are fitly spoken are most valuable and essential to ones well being. However, when our words are fitly spoken, not only do they create a physical impact in our lives but impact our thinking and how we respond to various situations.
As Christians, however, we must give our words much consideration or thought before we open our mouth to speak. The wise man Solomon said, “A word fitly (properly) spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver,” (Proverb 25:11). Yes, Ladies words have power, whether for good or bad. They can help or hurt, if they aren’t used wisely. For example, Satan words were hurtful when he tried to plant a seed of doubt to tempt Jesus, and he said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” And Jesus answered and said, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” (Matthew 4:3-4).
Words bring much joy, if we speak in a timely manner. These words, however, should be easily understood; and full of wisdom and edification. “A man has joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!” (Proverb 15: 23).
We as Christian Women, and those of us who have small children, must set good examples before them. We must let our hearts and minds; even our very souls be seasoned with the word of God because our children are watching us. We must realize that children remember what they see and repeat what they hear. Husbands and wives should respect each other and not let our children see or hear negative behavior with hurtful words that are spilled forth from our mouth. As Christian Parents, we must be aware at all times that God’s precepts and wisdom is to be used and made not a part of our lives but the sum total of all our lives. David said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever,” (Psalm 111:10). Ladies, our words should be worded carefully and with much consideration, not to offend anyone. We must use words that are FITLY SPOKEN.
I have seen many who were the best of friends depart because their words were unkind and hurtful. They used their tongue and forth came vicious words that destroyed the character and self worth of the individual. We sing a Song, ANGRY WORDS! O let them never from the tongue unbridle slip; may the heart’s best impulse ever check them ere they soil the lips. Love is much too pure and Holy, Friendship is too sacred far, for a moment’s reckless folly thus to desolate and mar. ANGRY WORDS are lightly SPOKEN BITT’REST THO’TS are rashly stirred, brightest links of life are broken, by a single ANGRY WORD. CHORUS: “Love one another thus saith the Savior and children obey the Father’s Commands,” (John 13:34). Selection Song Book, Dr. HR. Palmer, pg. 112.
Many of us have been guilty of not using tact, which is the ability to tell the truth in a way that considers other people’s feelings or what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense.
However, since we met Jesus, we have taken on his character. We have a new walk and a new talk. We don’t use the members our bodies as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin but unto God, (Roman 6:12-13) and (Galatians 5:15-16). Jesus Christ is our primary example, as it relates TO WORDS THAT ARE FITLY SPOKEN. He spoke in the Synagogue and opened the book or scroll and read Esaias the Prophet and when he had finished he handed the book to the minister and sat down. The people that heard Jesus speak, wondered at the gracious words which proceedeth out of his mouth, (Luke 4:14-22).
Mary, the Sister of Martha loved to hear the wonderful words of wisdom that came forth from Jesus’ mouth. However, Martha served Jesus by preparing meals, and doing the work of hosting. She became annoyed because Mary was not helping her and she asked Jesus to tell Mary to come and be a part of what she was doing, and Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha, you are troubled about many things but one thing is needful and Mary have chosen the good part,”(Luke 10:38-42). Ladies, the good part is fixing our mind on Jesus because he has the words of eternal life.
The Virtuous Woman in Proverb 31 had many admirable qualities, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness, (verse 26). The entire chapter of Proverb 31 uncovers the complete personality of the Virtuous Woman, however the chapter points out that her words were sensible and edifying to those round about her.
Ladies, we must “keep our hearts with all diligence, for out of it is the issues of life,” (Proverb 4:23). It is imperative or essential that we guard our hearts from all evil speaking, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. And a good man out of the good treasure of the heart bring forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure bring forth evil things,” (Matthew 12:34-35).
Lastly, the Psalmist David said, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Ye sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way, or (teaching),” (Psalm 119:103-104).
QUESTIONS FOR THOUGHT
- Why should WORDS THAT ARE FITLY SPOKEN be important for a Christian? Explain
- Why do words have power? Explain
- Why should we set good examples before our children? Explain
- Why shouldn’t wisdom be just a part of our lives? Explain
- How should our words be used? Explain
- Why angry words cause broken relationship? Explain
- Do you give the words you speak much thought before speaking? Explain
- Why did Jesus say that Mary chose the most important part? Explain. B. Was Martha part less important? Explain