Words matter. Patience and kindness are important. As much as you can, avoid behaviors that cause conflict. These things are the focus of our verses this morning:
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise rebuke to a listening ear. Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of a gift never given. With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue can break bones. If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, or else, having too much, you will vomit it. Let your foot be seldom in your neighbor’s house, otherwise the neighbor will become weary of you and hate you. Like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow is one who bears false witness against a neighbor. Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is trust in a faithless person in time of trouble. Like vinegar on a wound is one who sings songs to a heavy heart. Like a moth in clothing or a worm in wood, sorrow gnaws at the human heart. (Prov. 25:11-20)
Reflection: These verses bring such us fascinating imagery: apples of gold in a setting of silver, a gold ring, the cold of snow, clouds and wind without rain, honey, a bad tooth, a lame foot, vinegar on a wound. Read the verses a second time focusing on the images. Do they help you visualize the words?