James likens the tongue to a small fire that creates a huge forest fire…
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. (James 3:6)
Wow! Those are strong words. Our tongue can start a fire that spreads really fast…
Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. (Proverbs 26:20-21 NIV)
Some Christians seem to think that they can say whatever they want as long as they apologize for it later. It’s true that Jesus wants us to forgive each other, but that doesn’t mean the damage is erased.
Suppose you accidentally set someone's house on fire and burn it down. It doesn’t matter how bad you feel about what you did – it will take a long time to rebuild. If you say something to hurt another person, you can say you’re sorry and they can forgive you, but you can’t expect things to go back to normal right away. You have to live with the damage you have caused, and it may take you a long time to regain their trust.
Today’s Good News is that we can prevent a lot of “fires” before they start by extinguishing our tongue when we feel it getting too hot.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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