"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear." ESV
Words are powerful. Knowing this, the wise person keeps a guard over his/her tongue. But the wisest person goes further; he/she trains that tongue-guard to evaluate words, and not only to hold wrong words back, but to usher right words out. The power of words is double-edged; there is power for evil, and there is power for good.
Sometimes a word ought to be spoken.
Look at how the Message puts it:
"The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
And a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger."
Next time, when you know there is something you should say, or a "right time" to say something, don't hold it back. This includes both encouragement and reproof.
Do you want to love? Then don't keep that custom-made jewelry to yourself. Do you want to be a wise friend? Then slip that gold-ring on your brother's finger.
Sometimes a word needs to be spoken.
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