Apples of Gold

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

This described an expression of kindness in the day Solomon penned it. At a banquet hosted by a king a silver filigree basket was often placed on the table filled with small golden apples. As a gesture of grace, at a given point during the feast the king would have the basket passed and each guest invited to take a golden apple. The apple embodied thoughtfulness, kindness, and generosity. It typified the value of words well spoken.

Today is yet another day for passing out golden apples. Keep in mind, an insightful and/or encouraging word is of great worth to the one to whom it is spoken.

“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”

“Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 

“Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 

 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4

The most powerful of words is the Word of God.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” The word of God is so powerful it will change your life.

Check up on yourself, keep a total of the golden apples you give away today.

Now go give away some golden apples.