"Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit";"The poison of asps is under their lips"; "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness." NKJV
A forest fire can start by very simple means. All it takes is one small spark landing on dry timber and quickly lives are displaced or even destroyed. James 3:5 reads:
"Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!" NKJV
If you have ever witnessed a forest fire, then you have probably noticed that individual embers can soar to incredible heights and travel enormous distances - far greater distances than you would think. My friend, the words that come out of our mouths do the same. Words of gossip and cursing travel far and wide, causing destruction wherever they go, whether to the heart of a child or to the ears of an adult. Words of grace, however, build up, encourage and glorify God. Our words can hurt people; they can derail lives, ruin reputations and sidetrack the work of God. They can also glorify God and lead people to Him. The things that we say carry much farther than we may ever know and once we speak them, we cannot take them back. Speaking again of the tongue, James 3:9-10 reads,
"With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so." NKJV
Friend, do you speak words that build up or words that destroy?
Life Lesson: We should seek to glorify God with what we say.
Thank You for loving me. Please give me the power to speak grace into the lives of others. By my own strength, my words are polluted. By my own strength, my words can destroy. By Your strength, my words can build and encourage. I want to glorify You in my speech. I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.