Timely and Fitting Advice

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Daily Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-28:25, John 11:1-54, Psalm 117:1-2, Proverbs 15:22-23

Daily Verse: “To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!” Prov. 15:23

Timely and fitting advice.

Saying the right thing at the right time brings satisfaction. But often, we don’t know what words we should use. I seek God’s help with a simple prayer at moments like those.

“Lord, give me words.”

In 53 years of living, He always answers in one of two ways. Either a scripture will come to mind which helps me respond, or if nothing comes, I know not to speak until something does.

Dealing with tender hearts requires gentleness. We don’t know the extent of someone’s pain, and we don’t want to add to it. No matter how put together people look on the outside, everyone deals with hurt somehow. Some people hide their pain better than others but still have it.

If you don’t have an apt answer, say nothing until you do. Seek God’s help finding the right words to say at the right time. Wise advice spoken in the appropriate moment gives life to the receiver and helps them overcome their pain.

Lord, forgive us for not seeking You when giving advice. Help us deal well with tender hearts by speaking wise words at the appropriate time. Let us become more like Jesus as we love others for Him.  Give us apt words when we need them. IJNIP. Amen

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