“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6
Keeping up the pressure, James now brings up the dangers of the tongue, or the mouth, what a person says. He gave the examples of a horse and a ship in how they are both controlled and steered by something very small. Then he gave the example of how just a small spark can start a great forest fire. The tongue is just like these examples and can do a lot of control and damage.
There is the old saying of “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. Most people have probably said this or told someone this. It was the idea that words are just words and cannot do any damage. It is now known that statement is not true, words can do damage.
The mouths of people do a lot of speaking everyday. That is true even of a person who speaks very little compared to most people. The words that are spoken will do one of two things: build up or tear down. They will build up or tear down others and the one speaking.
Often people will speak negative words, words that do not build up and do not trust in God.
How many times have you said that something is hopeless or impossible?
How many times have you complained about something?
How many times have you stated that you are the one who must do something but cannot?
On the flip side, how many times do you speak praise to God for a situation in your life?
How many times do you thank God for someone (even a negative person) that He has placed in your life?
Your mouth will set something on fire. It will be either on fire for God or it will be on fire for hell. It is your choice of words that will determine which fire will be started.
Strive to be on fire for God. Let your mouth set the world on fire for God. Do not use it to destroy.
I pray today that you will allow God to use your mouth to build up His kingdom; that you will not destroy with your words; that you will speak God’s words at all times; and that you will allow God to control your words.