Inspirational biblical quotes: “A word fitly spoken”

An open Bible with a bookmarked page. Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
An open Bible with a bookmarked page. Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

I love words. I always have. Maybe it’s because I grew up with parents who are avid readers and who read to my sister and me even before we were born. Every night before bed, our dad would read us a bedtime story and our mom would read us a Bible story. I grew to love books even before I learned how to read them myself; I would try to remember the pronunciations and definitions of the words I was hearing. 

In one of our homeschool classes, my sister and I learned about the Greek and Latin root words that make up so much of the English language. It has helped me immensely with understanding context and definitions to words I didn’t initially understand. 

With my love of reading and words, I slowly grew to like and appreciate inspirational quotes. When I was 16, I read a book called “Here I am, Em B!,” a Christian coming-of-age story about a girl who moves to the country with her parents, meets a new interesting friend and learns more about herself. In the book, the protagonist starts a new journal and writes down a lot of things that she learns, including some quotes that she found. This appealed to me; so I, too, started a little book of quotes. 

The first one I wrote is provocatively written by the incomparable author and apologetic C. S. Lewis, the second an encouraging one by pastor and author Chuck Swindoll, the third by Robert Louis Stevenson, the author and poet. From then on, any time I heard or read a quote that I liked, I would write it in my little pink book.

Through this process, I found what has been my favorite quote for about five years now. It was written by Jim Elliot, a missionary to Ecuador who became a martyr and brought many to Christ through his death as well as his life. 

The quote reads, “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” 

Those words have stayed with me and encouraged me more times than I can count. 

The Bible has a lot to say about encouraging words. Just read the whole book of Proverbs, and you’re sure to read many meaningful statements about God, life, responsibility, wisdom, foolishness and much more. Three verses in particular stand out. 

  • Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (NASB)

Words are so powerful that they can soothe us physically as well as mentally. 

  • Proverbs 18:4 says, “The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters; the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” (NASB)

Wise words are meaningful and should be studied in depth. 

  • Finally, Proverbs 25:11 says, “Like apples of gold in settings of silver, is a word spoken at the proper time. ” (NASB)

I love this verse because the image it evokes is so unusually beautiful. Words and quotes that are relevant and important can be as beautiful and valuable as shining gold and silver. 

I encourage you to look up some quotes that speak to you and write them down in a place that will encourage you, someone else or both. Share these powerful words. You never know how deeply they could affect someone!

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