Tongue of Fire

February 5 2018

There is an old little nursery rhyme that we all seem to learn growing up that I have come to realize is really wrong. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This is as false as false can be. Bones can heal, but words will kill the very life inside of a person. Think about the things that maybe you have had to deal with, and maybe still be walking through, because of words that were said to you.

In James 3:5-6 says, “So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.” Like I said a few weeks ago, James does not mince words.

Through the years I have been writing this blog, you have heard me talk about our words that are supposed to edify and build up more than any other subject. I guess it is because words have done the very thing to me that I mentioned before. It simply amazes me the freedom we think we have, the very right, to shout from the housetops everything that we don’t like about a person….or anything for that matter. We can post it on social media, discuss it in the hallways, and sway entire groups of people to our thinking by a simple part of our body called the tongue. Notice to what James says sets our tongue on fire. It is hell itself.

Remember a couple of weeks ago, I referred to Paul’s writings on taking thoughts captive. I don’t know about you, but I have to admit I want to be better than that. I want my tongue to be used to bless people, not curse them, to use it to bless Jesus and tell Him how incredible He is. What about you? What is your tongue used for these days? I wish I could sit here typing this knowing that my tongue is used to always bless….oh how I wish I could say that. Unfortunately it can be set on fire also. Captivity of thoughts is even the key to making sure our tongue is doing what it supposed to do. Think about it.

Our worship with our mouth…our tongue this week begins with a Paul Boloche song “Hosanna”. We go back a few years of Wedgwood songs and sing an old favorite Tommy Walker one, “I Have a Hope.” After the choir and I sing a great new choral song titled “Let Me Dwell”, we will continue our worship with the song “God Be Praised/Our God Reigns.” I am going to teach you a new song during the offering time named “Do It Again”. We are discussing the Battle of Jericho and this song references that. God repeats actions. As the walls fell then, they can fall now.

I hope you will continue to go deeper in your relationship this week by spending just five minutes more with Him one on one this week.

Love you,

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