You may have heard the adage, “Timing is everything.” According to the Bible, good timing applies to our words and speech too. Think of a time when God used you to bring a timely word to refresh someone, or when you wanted to speak, but it was wiser for you to remain silent.
The Bible says that there is an appropriate time to speak (Eccl. 3:7) “A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;‘. Solomon compared properly timed and well-spoken words with golden apples in a silver setting—beautiful, valuable, and carefully crafted (Prov. 25:11-12). “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. 12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.” Knowing the right time to speak is beneficial for both the speaker and hearer, whether they are words of love, encouragement, or rebuke. Keeping silent also has its place and time. When tempted to deride, belittle, or slander a neighbor, Solomon said that it is wise to hold our tongue, recognizing the appropriate time for silence (11:12-13). “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.13 A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” When talkativeness or anger tempts us to sin against God or another human being, resistance comes by being slow to speak (James 1:19). “ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:”
It’s often hard to know what to say and when to say it. The Spirit will help us to be discerning. He will help us use the right words at the right time and in the right manner, for the good of others and for His honor.