Pleasant Are Words Fitly Spoken
word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Prov. 25:11
at a feast, Christ controlled the conversation, and gave many precious lessons.
Those present listened to Him; for had He not healed their sick, comforted
their sorrowing, and taken their children in His arms? Publicans and sinners
were drawn to Him; and when He spoke, their attention was riveted on Him.
Christ taught His disciples how to conduct themselves when in the company
of others. He instructed them in regard to the duties and regulations of true
social life, which are the same as the laws of the kingdom of God. He taught
the disciples, by example, that when attending any public gathering, they
need not want for something to say. His conversation when at a feast differed
most decidedly from that which had been listened to at feasts in the past.
Every word He uttered was a savor of life unto life. He spoke with clearness
and simplicity. His words were as apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Communion with Christ—how unspeakably precious! Such communion it is
our privilege to enjoy. . . . When the early disciples heard the words of
Christ, they felt their need of Him. They sought, they found, they followed
Him. They were with Him in the house, at the table, in the closet, in the
field. They were with Him as pupils with a teacher, daily receiving from His
lips lessons of holy truth. They looked to Him as servants to their master.
. . . They served Him cheerfully, gladly.
Great importance is attached to our associations. We may form many that are
pleasant and helpful, but none are so precious as that by which finite man
is brought into connection with the infinite God. When thus united, the words
of Christ abide in us. . . . The result will be a purified heart, a circumspect
life, and a faultless character. But it is only by acquaintance and association
with Christ that we can become like Him, the one faultless example.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 51.