Valuable Words by Chris Walls

Valuable Words
Chris Walls
Proverbs 25:11

Introduction

We live in a world that is full of words. The "Cold War" essentially was a War of words between two differing sides. Yes, there were shots fired in Korea and Vietnam over communism and essentially the "Cold War." The whole thing was over threats, treaties, and words. It was a war of words!

Hitler exclaimed, during WWII, that he could conquer more nations by the pen than by the sword. He felt just a simple threat of destruction to smaller countries would allow him to do this and in some ways it did.

Words can wreck or can revive. Words can ruin and words can restore.

James in his epistle used this metaphor for what the tongue and in turn words do: "Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boast. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." He went on to say, "...but no man can tame the tongue. It is restless evil, full of deadly poison."

"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be."

Words cut through a person so easy. As the old saying goes, "Words can cut like a knife."

I like what Proverbs 25:11-12 says, "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold, is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear."

What in the world does all that mean for us. Well let's look carefully at the text to understand what is written here.

Let's deal with the last part of verse of 11 first. "Apples of gold in settings of silver." The meaning here is not entirely certain, but it is speaking of beauty, artistry, and value. Many times in ancient columns th ...


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