You’ve heard, and probably said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Yet, we know excellence is achieved by paying attention to the little things. In the wide scope of a life, a word spoken is relatively small, but can be very powerful. God’s Word points out how a word can make a big difference in the life of someone else. We know the tongue can be unruly and full of deadly poison, but we also know that death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 15:23 (KJV)
23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Proverbs 25:11 (KJV)
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Isaiah 50:4 (KJV)
4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
There are two observations worth making about a word that makes a difference in the life of another. First, we must be alert and understanding of the season of life others are in. Some of our brethren or neighbors or co-workers get in a season of life that is burdensome. Others, experience a season of life that is sorrowful. Still others face abrupt changes in their lives and it creates a season of instability and uncertainty. Others, receive bad news and face discouragement. Still others are living in a season of loneliness or being forgotten. Others face a season where fear becomes prominent. It is interesting in Proverbs 15:23 and Isaiah 50:4 that both connect the phrase “a word” to “due season” and “season”. Being alert and understanding to the seasons of people’s lives will help us to understand what word(s) can be a blessing to them.
Secondly, Proverbs 25 speaks of a word that is “fitly spoken”. Saying the right words with the right spirit at the right time are a sweet and beautiful blessing to someone’s life. Someone once said to me tone and timing are key aspects of Biblical communication. As you begin a new year, consider making a big difference with little words in someone’s life. Each week, focus on being alert and understanding of the seasons of life in people’s lives and use your words to minister to others. For sure, “a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”