“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (NKJV)
My late grandmother worked as a private chef for wealthy families and was known for her exceptional cooking. She often hosted dinner parties for people in her congregation, serving the finest four-course meals on her best china. There was a formal place setting for every guest even the kids.
But her richest delicacies didn’t compare to the wisdom she shared with me as a young man as we sat together hand-in-hand at her kitchen table. Among the pieces of advice, she imparted to me that I cherish to this day were about marriage. She told me there would be difficulties days when patience with your spouse would wear thin and “strong fellowship” would ensue.
Then she presented a fitly spoken word to me: “No matter how difficult things get, remember to get on your knees together and pray.” It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever been given apples of gold in settings of silver.
You see, when people speak truth into our lives, it’s as if they are serving us a plate of spiritual food that nourishes our souls. That’s why there’s so much emphasis in church about doing life together. Other Christians can speak life into us when we need it most
Similarly, God can use you to be an encouragement to others to offer words of wisdom (or even warning) that yield godly results. In James 3:17 (NKJV), it says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
“What I’m Sayin is”, As we spend time in His presence, the fruit of the Spirit begins to grow in us. When it ripens, our words become like the choicest fruits set upon an elegant table setting that is pleasant to both the sight and the palette.
Mother Teresa once said, “Love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand.”
What about you? Are you cultivating spiritual fruit that you can serve to others?
Think About It…
Answai T. White, B.S., M.Div., C.P.E.