Small but Mighty
Posted: Saturday, November 19
Verse of the day:
“And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” (James 3:6)
What would you consider to be the most powerful part of your body? For those of you who go to the gym (which is not me) maybe you would say your arms or legs because of their strength? Maybe for those of us who don’t work out we would say our brain or our heart is the most powerful because of how vital each is to keep our bodies functioning. Reading through the book of James we see that the tongue even though it is small it is extremely powerful. Like a ships rudder has the power to direct it through powerful winds our tongues have the power to direct the course of our lives.
James here tells us that the tongue is so powerful that it can set our whole life on fire. Fire can be good if it is controlled and contained. But fire that is not controlled and contained has the power to cause much destruction. When we do not put constraints on what we say we can destroy all that is good in our lives. We can apologize for our words but often once they are said it’s hard to reverse the damage that has been done.
Do you have areas of your life that are on fire because of your words? Do you have relationships that are broken because you don’t have constraints on what is acceptable to say? Surrender this part of the body to God and decide that there are certain things that can never come out of your mouth no matter what emotion you feel inside. Decide what direction you want your life to go and let your words only reflect that direction.