The Right Word at the Right Time

“Fitly spoken…”

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”  John 14:26

God is the provider of the right word at the right time.

One of the proverbs (Proverbs 25:11) says that  “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

What a lovely phrase! “Fitly spoken.” It means apposite, well chosen, pleasant to hear.

We so often speak rashly, unwisely, blurting out our emotional response to a volatile situation.

In contrast, Jesus promises the specific intervention of the Holy Spirit. He will help us with our words. The input (“he will teach”) and the output (“[he will] bring to remembrance”) will be Spirit-led.

Of course, it is still wisdom, according to the Yorkshire saying, that “If in doubt, say nowt.” And Jesus warned his disciples against flowery speechifying, against the pull of celebrity, and the making of pompous oaths.

He said “Let your yes be yes and your no, no. Anything else comes from the Evil One” (Matt 5:37). So if wrong speech emanates from an unclean spirit, it is entirely reasonable that right speech be prompted and directed by the Holy Spirit.

Lord, may I speak (and act) in the Spirit of Jesus today. Guard my lips that I might not sin against you. And when I speak, let it be “fitly spoken.”

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