Daily Devotional: October 23, 2023 – Proverbs 15:23

A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word! – Proverbs 15:23

Thoughts on Today’s Verse

Our verse today comes from Proverbs 15:23. It says, “A man finds joy in giving an apt reply — and how good is a timely word!” It’s a verse that shines a light on the impact of our words.

Can you recall a time when someone said just the right thing to you? Remember how good it felt? That’s what the verse is trying to tell us. Using good and meaningful words can spread joy. It’s a gift we all can give and it doesn’t cost us anything.

What do we mean by good words? They might be sweet praises. Or maybe comforting words for someone who is upset. They may also provide clear guidance to those feeling lost. Like a warm bowl of soup can lift our spirits, so can words that overflow from a caring heart.

We talk a lot in our day-to-day lives. We talk to our families. We talk to our friends. We talk to people at school or work. Every word we say is a chance to spread joy. It’s a chance to make someone’s day better. It’s a chance we get many times every day. Let’s make good use of it.

What would it be like if we all tried to use our words well? Wouldn’t our world be a much happier place?

My Prayer

Dear God,

Please guide us to speak with an understanding heart. Teach us how to use our words in a good and wise way. We want to use our words to bring joy, just like in Proverbs 15:23.

Help us to think before we talk. Keep us from speaking words that might hurt others. Remind us that our words are powerful. They can make a big difference in someone’s day. We pray that our words will always be kind and honest. We ask for Your guidance to use words that help, not words that hurt.

Thank You for the gift of speech. May we use it well to bring more joy to the world. Thank You for listening to our prayer.

In Your name, we pray. Amen.

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