Sharpness of the Tongue
“Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark” James 3:5
I have felt for a while that I wanted to mention a few thoughts regarding this scripture. I have also felt like I either mentioned them before or that someone else has with Inscription. Either way this has been the direction the Lord led me this week.
In 2012 a lighting strike started a fire in my hometown of Ruidoso. One small spark. It started a fire that would eventually burn approximately 40,000 acres and destroy almost 250 homes. What was one small common lighting strike caused damage and devastation beyond words. It also led to worry and concern for thousands of other residents that were in jeopardy of losing literally everything they had. One small spark was all it took.
When we look at the power of the tongue we must also appreciate the gravity of its capabilities. It can exude feelings of so much love, hope and happiness. Unfortunately, it can also be the cause of destruction, devastation and anger. As this scripture says it is but a small part of the body and yet it can change courses and lives in the most drastic manner.
How many of us have been affected by the kindest words and also devastating ones from the tongue of others? Obviously there isn’t anyone that hasn’t experienced both at some point in our lives no matter how short or long. On the other hand, how many of us have allowed our tongues to inflict such pain and destruction upon someone else? Dare I say we all have? I am certainly not casting stones here. It’s the basis of our flesh, it almost cries out for us to behave this way. The flesh yearns for us to cause this pain to others knowing that it will begin a path of destruction for both the person who gives in to their tongue and also the person listening. Hate will begat hate. However, love will begat love.
We must understand the power of our own fleshly tongue to realize how we can neutralize it’s power. As is the case so many instances the answer lies in the love of Jesus Christ. When we submit to His will and follow his instruction to love we see that we no longer yearn or want to cause pain or destruction with merely a spoken word. We all find that responding in love will allow us to counteract so many situations that could cause our flesh, as well as others reactions, to come to a boil.
One of my last posts was regarding being slow to anger. This follows directly along that line. Slow to anger will calm your tongue. Calming and controlling your tongue will allow you to speak the love of Christ and avoid the pitfalls that your words can easily get you into. Easier said that done I know, but it’s a mark we all should continue to strive for. Let us all just know that all it takes is one spark to ignite that can easily come from our tongue unto others.
~ Kenny Stahl