Jeremiah 22:1-23:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 25:11-14
“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.”
“To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!”
“The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.”
A helpful speaker is first a good listener.
A wise speaker is first a discerning listener.
Lord, grant that I might be slow to speak, eager to listen, and quick to seek your wisdom. May I listen with ears attuned to mercy and speak with care-full words. For Jesus’ sake, who listens well and speaks the truth in love, always, Amen.