February 28, 2019

Proverbs 25:11 (NLT) — 11 Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.

I like the way the Message Bible reads >The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,

In other words the word that is spoken fits the moment. We know that words are important. We know that they can bring life or death. Because we don’t want to be givers of death or kill a moment ask the Lord to help you to have the right word for the moment. This is where the gift of prophecy really shines. This is why meet together as the body of Christ because the Lord can give us just the right word for a person. If we don’t see meeting together as important then we don’t give the Lord an opportunity to use us to give that timely word and we deny ourselves the possibility of receiving a timely word.

Proverbs 25:12 (NLT) — 12 To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

A person who actually listens to constructive criticism is beautiful, precious, and rare. They also consider the criticism valuable and don’t just brush it off or get offended by it.

Proverbs 25:13 (NLT) — 13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer.

Obedient employees are like a breath of fresh air. People who can be trusted are as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day. We, as messengers of God have a wonderful refreshing message for the world > God isn’t angry with you, He loves you and he proved by sending Jesus to forgive you!

Proverbs 25:14 (NLT) — 14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

People you cant’ trust are like breathing in putrid smelling air. Their talking and doing don’t match. These people are the opposite of the trustworthy messenger spoken about in the previous verse.

Proverbs 25:15 (NLT) — 15 Patience can persuade a prince, and soft speech can break bones.

You don’t have to holler and curse or swear in order for your words to be effective.

“The gentle tongue breaking a bone might seem to be a paradox. But it is a fine illustration of the power of gentleness above hardness and irritation.” (Bridges)

Proverbs 25:16 (NLT) — 16 Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!

If you just eat honey you will be an unhealthy person. If you always look for sweet and easy you will never grow up. Tough times will devastate you.

Proverbs 25:17 (NLT) — 17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.

I am glad this proverb isn’t true about Father God. You simple cannot visit Him too often!

Proverbs 25:18 (NLT) — 18 Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

There is an old adage of “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me”. Tell that to the little boy whose dad said he would take him to a Yankees baseball game and then the day came and dad said something else had come up so he couldn’t go. Tell that to the young bride whose husband to be said, “I do” at the wedding ceremony but then later on he didn’t.  Words can hurt and words can wound just like an axe, sword and arrow.

Proverbs 25:19 (NLT) — 19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

You can’t rely on unreliable people to get the job done; just like you can’t rely on a broken tooth or a lame foot to get the job done. Be careful who you rely on. There really is only one truly reliable person in the world and his name is Jesus.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

Comments

  1. Wounding words you hear as a child eventually need to be dealt with as you get older. As a young adult would be optimal but unfortunately there are many people who carry these nasty words for years and the consequences that come along with them. Father, I pray for people who have been scarred sometime in their life with hurtful words that they are still holding on to. May you help them to see the freedom that comes through forgiveness and then to fill that now empty space with your words of truth. Thank you Jesus!