Proverbs 25:11-A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Encourage one another! This is the call today to all believers.
If there ever was at time when people need encouragement, the time is now.
We live in a world where people can be very cruel in the hateful, disrespectful and painful words that comes out of their mouth to others or concerning others.
I am sure we all can be a witness to some sort of verbal attack at one time or another in our lives from either those we love and trusted, those we thought were our friends, those we were lead to believe that they had our back and even those who are our friends, neighbors, family members, children, spouses, coworkers, etc.
If we could be honest for a moment, we can truly say that we all experience times in our lives when we need to be encouraged. A time when we just need to hear a kind, sincere word from someone who lifts us up if we are torn down from the cares of the world.
Words of encouragement keeps us going when we want to quit and give up on many people, situations and circumstances in life.
As our scripture says on today, "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."
The Word "fitly" means sunarmologeo in the greek, which is translated "I fit together, compact, hinged together". A picture of God "fitly framing believer into a harmonious, synergistic whole."
That is, each individual being functioning as a part of the one people of God.
Our text reminds us that like apples of gold in settings of silver Is a word spoken in right circumstances.
Words are important, that is why we must make it a habit of choosing the right words in our communication with others. Our words can either tear down or build up.
To make sure that we say the right words to encourage others, allow the Word of God to be our focus words when encouraging others. The goal is to direct them to God and not us.
God is calling His people to build one another up. To come together as a unified body in building up one another and building up others who are in need of being lifted up out of the mindset of hopelessness and defeat.
Proverbs 15:1-A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 16:24-Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Believe it or not, but we encounter people everyday that are silently hurting. They are discouraged and could use a word of comfort or an act of kindness.
Be it our friends, family members, coworkers, strangers or church brothers and sisters, let us purpose in our hearts on today that we WILL be an "encourager" to those we encounter because in doing so, we can give them a glimpse of who Jesus is as we follow His example of compassion and kindness that He has shown to us.
What are we speaking? Does it lift up and encourage or tear down and discourage?
Are you making it a habit to encourage others or discourage them? What is your motive concerning your fellowman?
If you have been making it a habit of encouraging others, I am happy to hear that and I know that God is pleased with you concerning your act of love, compassion and kindness towards others, including your enemies.
1 Thessalonians 5:11-Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
On the other hand, if you are one who intentionally tear people down and make every attempt to discourage them, I pray that you seek God’s help in creating within you a clean heart which will enable you to change your heart and mind concerning how you treat others.
Do you truly want to encourage one another? Well then, speak the Word of God which is medicine for our wounded and painful souls.
Luke 6:31-Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
Let us all pray today that God would grant us the wisdom need to speak words that are “fitly spoken” in hopes of building up and encouraging one another.
God bless you all.