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.
I am so guilty of saying things wrong. I can say that this verse is so true! The reverse of this is Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Nothing can compare to the sharpness or gentleness of the tongue.
James 3:10 says: Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
This reminds me of a recent fire in North Dakota, along Interstate 29, near Grand Forks.
A conveyor, on a semi trailer, had coal chips embedded in it. As the driver went down the road, the coal dust ignited with gusts of wind that blew it onto the road behind him. He started little fires, that became a big fire. Many accidents occurred, because the visibility from the smoke became near zero. Here is a link to the story: http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2015/apr/18/chunks-of-hot-coal-blamed-for-grass-fires/
Our words can really cause problems, and we need to put a reign on our mouth with God’s help, so that we can control it. It is one of the hardest things to control.
James 3:8 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Luke 6:45 says, A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Is our mouth spewing hot coals, or is it full of gentleness, kindness, and the love of Jesus? I need to work on extinguishing the hot coals that sometimes cause those hurtful situations.
Dear God, the tongue is something that cannot be tamed, but with the help of Your Holy Spirit, I pray that my words would come forth from my heart, and that they would be uplifting, and good, like honey, or warm healing oil to wounded souls. Let Your will be done, in Jesus’s precious name, Amen.