Golden Apples

Posted on Oct 08 , 2014 in Life Lessons & Words Of Jesus

Golden Apples

© By Brad L Hodges

Proverbs 25:11 (ESV)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.

Our spoken words can break down or build up depending on how we choose to deliver them. Words are among the most powerful forces on earth.

If we package our words like “apples of gold in a setting of silver” when they are imparted to another they can have the power to encourage, influence, strengthen and restore that individual.

Because words are so potent they should always be prefaced with careful thought as to what they will accomplish before delivery. Of course as humans that can be extremely difficult to do in the midst of anger, hurt, revenge or betrayal.

An abundance of insight, both philosophical and psychological, has been written about the power of words to destroy, but focusing on “fitly spoken” words can completely change the mindset of the speaker.

Since an apple is a fruit, an apt metaphor can be applied in some passionate words spoken by Jesus in Matthew 12:33-37:

33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

If we view our words as fruit from our hearts it forces us to carefully examine exactly what our character reflects when we speak doesn’t it?

Careless words spoken justify or condemn our very character and there are serious consequences, good or bad based on what we speak, according to the words of Jesus. Not only are there divine consequences for our words but there are the secular effects of them on others and they can permanently damage even those we love if delivered without forethought.

That certainly makes one pause in how they will serve up their words to fellow human beings.

It is profoundly useful to illustrate something in a clearly visual manner that can serve as a stark reminder of its power. If we visualize our words before we deliver them, as “golden apples” in a setting of silver that can restore, instead of poison apples in a mounting of rust that can destroy, they will depart from us as abundant fruit from a tree and a heart of good.

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