Question Read Proverbs 25:11 Communication is so important among people of all ages. Misunderstandings can be avoided, and great things can be accomplished when there is open communication. Words can hurt or they can encourage, they can teach or they can tear down, but no matter what they are very powerful. They are also a huge reflection of what is in our heart. As Christians, the Lord has given us some basic guidelines in his word about how and what we should speak. This verse is a beautiful picture of the value of the right word spoken at the perfect time. Words do not only lift up and encourage others, but they have value. They can be precious and so meaningful when spoken at the opportune moment. As Christians, we should not only ask for our hearts and words to mirror the Lord’s, but also that the timing of those spoken words be right on cue as well. Ecclesiastes 10:12 explains, “The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.” Wise and kind words are of great benefit on every occasion, and they will even grant us favor. Proverbs 16:13 states, “Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” So, the right words spoken at the proper time, can even gain us favor with “kings” and other leaders in authority. This is especially true when our words come from the overflow of the heart. Unfortunately, just the opposite is true for foolish words. Not only will they hinder us, but they may even destroy opportunities for advancement and success. Consider this question: How can this devotional apply to case management?