Monday, January 25, 2010

Gold Apples

Words delivered at the right time in the right way; they are words of incredible value according to Proverbs 25:11-13 . . .

11 A word aptly spoken - is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12 Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold - is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

13 Like the coolness of snow at harvest time - is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.

Wisdom Project - 25



Michael said...

Proverbs 25 mentions various dealings with your neighbor. Verse 17 talks about limiting our visits in their homes. At first I was surprised, especially with the current relationship-building paradigm that seems prevalent in our churches. How do we build with limited visits?
However further digging has the proverb telling that whatever and whenever visits are accorded to us, we are to consider them valuable, prized, and that they should be rare, but we are to make the most of them – treat each opportunity as precious.
Our church recently called a new pastor, and we have invited him and his wife to our home. When the time arrives (within the next few weeks trustfully as ‘everybody’ in the church has invited them over), I will be prepared to make wise use of their presence in our home. Should the opposite occur, I will again be prepared to visit their place accordingly.
Mike T.

Jeremiah E. Tomasetti said...

Here we see that we are to be friendly to our neighbors but not over bearing. It is OK to be with them, but do not over due our welcome or visit. Some of this goes into the NT where Christ is talking about our enemies and our neighbors. If our enemy is hungry, we are to feed him. Likewise with our neighbor. We are not to hoard what we have from others.