Timely Words . . . .
The Bible says that there is an appropriate time to speak. Solomon compared properly timed and well-spoken words with golden apples in a silver setting-beautiful, valuable, and carefully crafted. Knowing the right time to speak is beneficial for both the speaker and hearer, whether they are words of love, encouragement, or rebuke. Keeping silent also has its place and time. When tempted to deride, belittle, or slander someone, Solomon said that it is wise to hold our tongue, recognizing the appropriate time for silence. It's often hard to know what to say and when to say it. The Spirit will help us to be discerning. He will help us use the right words at the right time and in the right manner, for the good of others and for His honor. Timely words are works of art.