Wednesday, October 5, 2011
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Today’s verses should be really sobering to all of us. Like the bridle and rudder that James spoke about yesterday, James illustrates this idea of the impact of words with a spark. But unlike yesterday’s verses, James speaks of how much damage is done with our words. Think about all the damage that has been done with our words. Think about how much damage you have done with your words. Words have incredible power to damage, harm and destroy.
Sometimes our application should just be to repent. If you have used words to hurt, harm, or destroy lately, take it to God. If you have hurt someone, go to them and ask for forgiveness.