Discerning Our Heart Condition
A Flame of Fire – Part 1
Scripture Reading: James 3:2-12
Key Verse: James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
The Apostle James continues to illustrate the power of our tongues in verse six. James compares the tongue to a flame of fire. Fire can be useful, providing warmth on a cold night. So to, our words can be warm and encouraging to a downhearted person. However, the warning James is talking about is when we allow our words to hurt the people around us. A fire can burn down a house in a very short time. Our words can destroy a friendship in a very short time as well. An uncontrolled tongue is like the wild fires that destroy thousands of acres of forest; our words can be very destructive.
The first step in controlling our tongue and guarding our words is to recognize their power. If we don’t respect their power, we let down our guard and open the door to the pain they can cause. An example of this came to me on a men’s trip up north. We were riding four wheelers through the woods and up steep hills. On one climb, my four wheeler got out of control and flipped over on me. No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get out from under it. The other men came running to rescue me and I was fine. However, that experience reminded me again to respect the power of that machine. So it is with our words, we must heed James’ warning and respect the power of our words. (Continued)
Father, may I use the power of my words to bring help and encouragement to those I meet today. In Jesus’ name, amen.