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A fitly spoken right now word

October 22, 2017

Proverbs 15--23

The Verse of the Day for October 22, 2017 offers a word of wisdom taken from Proverbs 15:23 in the King James:

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

New Living Translation puts it this way:

Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

The Amplified Bible says this:

A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

The expression “a word spoken at the right moment” brings to mind another related verse found in Proverbs 25:11 (AMP):

A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

KC Pillai, a converted Hindu, who dedicated his life to enlightening students of the Bible regarding Orientalisms or customs and practices from the Eastern sectors of the world, indicates that the reference to “apples of gold” is actually referring to a variety of succulent oranges grown in the Middle East. He comments on the often quoted verse from Proverbs:

“Verse 11 ‘Apples of gold’ had nothing to do with apples. These are a kind of orange we grow in Egypt, Syria, and India of which there is no English name. . . There is a special orange tree called Kitchilika tree, sweetest of all oranges. This fruit makes a refreshing drink which soothes and comforts. It is gold in color, and does not last long after it is ripe and can’t be exported outside of the country. Very tasty, we make sherbet of it, and it is easily smelled when ripe on the tree. They are very beautiful to look at and quench the thirst quicker than any other juice. It was called apples of gold because there was no other English word.

The verse should read: ‘A word appropriately spoken is like oranges placed in a tray of silver.’ So a word appropriately spoken to a weary or troubled person will refresh, soothe, comfort, revitalize, strengthen. The Word of God is the only “word fitly spoken.” It will lift a person out of trouble and despondency. Words appropriately spoken (to a troubled person) are like golden oranges in trays of silver. They are refreshing, strengthening, pleasing, uplifting.”

Believers today sometimes speak of words that another believer may speak to them or words that flow from the Scriptures as a “rhema word from the Lord spoken in due season.” The website ShareFaith.com speaks of the Greek word rhema which means an utterance, as a portion of scripture that “speaks” to a believer. “In most cases, a rhema word received while reading the Bible applies to a current situation or need. In essence, the rhema word is timely and extremely valuable in a Christian’s walk with God.” We can think of a rhema word as a “right now word in a right now moment.” Indeed, the Verse of the Day reminds us such a response is saying “the right thing at the right time.”

In the New Testament we find a corresponding passage related to exercising wisdom in how believers should conduct their lives:

Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT):

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Some may be more familiar with the King James Version:

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The passage begins with an exhortation to “Live wisely” or “Walk in wisdom.” Another most enlightening scripture regarding walking in wisdom occurs in Ephesians 5:15 (NLT):

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

Correspondingly, here is the verse in the King James:

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

In this instance the term “To walk circumspectly” means to walk carefully, accurately, “to be watchful on all sides.”  Walking in wisdom involves being intentional and making deliberate choices that determine the direction and ultimate fulfillment of one’s purpose in God.

These references in the New Testament can be viewed as illustrations of what it means to “walk the walk and talk the talk.” If you say that someone “talks the talk and walks the walk,” you are saying  the person acts in a way that agrees with the words that are being spoken. There should be a corresponding action to accompany the words that an individual speaks.

As believers the Scriptures also encourage us to “walk in wisdom” as well to speak words of wisdom when we talk.

Stephen Curtis Chapman offers words of wisdom in “Walk with the Wise.”

Walk the walk and talk the talk in wisdom

October 22, 2016

proverbs-15-23

The Verse of the Day is a word of wisdom from the Book of Wisdom found in Proverbs 15:23 in the New Living Translation:

Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

The Amplified Bible says this:

 

A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!

 

Believers today sometimes speak of words that another believer may speak to them or words flowing  from the Scriptures as a “rhema word from the Lord spoken in due season.” The website ShareFaith.com speaks of the Greek word rhema which means utterance, as a portion of scripture that “speaks” to a believer. “In most cases, a rhema word received while reading the Bible applies to a current situation or need. In essence, the rhema word is timely and extremely valuable in a Christian’s walk with God.” We can think of a rhema word as a “right now word in a right now moment.” Indeed, the Verse of the Day reminds us such a response is saying “the right thing at the right time.”

In the New Testament we find a corresponding passage related to exercising wisdom in how believers should conduct their lives:

Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT):

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Some may be more familiar with the King James Version:

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The passage begins with an exhortation to “Live wisely” or “Walk in wisdom.” Another most enlightening scripture regarding walking in wisdom occurs in Ephesians 5:15 (NLT):

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

Correspondingly, here is the verse in the King James:

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

In this instance the term “To walk circumspectly” means to walk carefully, accurately, “to be watchful on all sides.”  Walking in wisdom involves being intentional and making deliberate choices that determine the direction and ultimate fulfillment of one’s purpose in God.

We can view these references in the New Testament as illustrations of what it means to “walk the walk and talk the talk.” If you say that someone talks the talk and walks the walk, you mean that the person acts in a way that agrees with the words that are spoken. There should be a corresponding action to accompany the words that an individual speaks.

 

As believers the Scriptures encourage us to “walk in wisdom” as well to speak words of wisdom when we talk.

Stephen Curtis Chapman offers these words of wisdom in the song “Walk with the Wise.”

 

 

 

Live wisely; walk in wisdom

May 8, 2015

Colossians-4 5

The Verse of the Day for May 8, 2015 comes from Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT):

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Some may be more familiar with the King James Version:

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The passage begins with an exhortation to “Live wisely” or “Walk in wisdom.” Another most enlightening scripture regarding walking in wisdom occurs in Ephesians 5:15 (NLT):

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.

Correspondingly, here is the verse in the King James:

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

In this instance the term “To walk circumspectly” means to walk carefully, accurately, “to be watchful on all sides.” Walking in wisdom involves being intentional and making deliberate choices that determine the direction and ultimate fulfillment of one’s purpose in God.

Colossians 4:5 also introduces the concept of “redeeming the time.” The following portion of this blog entry is an excerpt from an Examiner.com article: “Don’t waste your time: Redeem it.”

As we mature in our Christian walk, the Scriptures exhort us to make the most of our time, “to redeem the time.“ Ephesians 5:15-17 in Amplified Version puts it this way:

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise–sensible, intelligent people;

Making the very most of the time–buying up each opportunity–because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

We find similar words of encouragement in Colossians 4:5 (Amplified Version)

Behave yourselves wisely–living prudently and with discretion–in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.

Time in the Word Ministries discusses the verb “redeeming” in the phrase “redeeming the time” which is translated from a Greek word which means “to be in the marketplace.” Literally it means “to purchase out, buy up; buy out of the hands of a person; to set free; to buy off, to secure for oneself or one’s own use; to buy up from the power or possession of any one.”

The word “time” in this instance does not refer to time in a general sense, rather the Greek word from which it is translated refers to a “ moment; a specific point in time. The term “a kairos-moment or season” is used to describe–a strategic moment; opportune time; moment or window of opportunity that God creates when something must be done now. We must cooperate with Him now to accomplish what we need to accomplish.

One way of understanding the concept is to see it as being in the right place at right time to purchase exactly what you need because the price is right. You are passing through the department store and you hear the “blue light special” for the item you came in to purchase at a reduced price.”

This idea of time as a quantity or entity to be purchased is powerfully expressed in this prophetic exhortation from Dutch Sheets:

“. . . We must buy or purchase the opportunities or opportune times God creates for us. We must be willing to spend our money; we must be willing to spend our time. It is a season for readjusting our priorities; it is a time when we begin to think very differently; because [of] the opportunities that God has created now we must spend whatever is necessary and purchase those. We are going to have to spend our time, our money, our talents, our energies, our efforts, much prayer time; we are going have to be ready to do whatever it takes to do what God says in order to purchase those opportunities that are coming. Tell my people that I’m about to create a season of tremendous opportunities . . . a season of ‘suddenlies’. . . I’m about to move them into a season where opportunites are about to come very, very quickly and they’re going have to be ready to move into them very quickly.”

The essence of “redeeming the time” is also captured in this poem:

Time

So teach us to number our days,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.                              

Psalm 90:12

Our lives begin with a handful of coins.

To wisely invest or squander each dime

The daily choice, though the Bible enjoins

Us to walk as wise, to redeem the time,

As a wise buyer with talents would keep

His eye on best buys sought before the chime

Should ring to bring each soul to his brief sleep

Or those who remain shall be gathered to

The bosom of the Father, there to reap

Their rewards, as each shall receive his due.

Time is fixed; we cannot borrow nor lend.

The coins we are given seem far too few.

Life is the sum of the coins that we spend

Before our time in life’s market shall end.

The accompanying video, while not the usual musical selection, shows the amount of time that we have, and it urges us to “redeem the time” which is part of our walking in wisdom: