4Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6And the tongue is a fire.
Reflect and Pray:
Think of the power of words in your life. There are words of a poem or something that we read which can move us to tears. A good book can capture our imagination and we find it almost impossible to put it down we are so captivated. Carefully chosen words of thanks or appreciation can lift our spirits in ways nothing else can.
On the other hand, words can be used to hurt, deceive, destroy, ridicule and cruel. Words are a gift from God but need to be handled with care. There is an astonishing capacity for both good and evil with them. James invites us to watch our tongues that we are the master of our words instead of our words being our master. Let us give thanks for words and pray that our words today would be used to love, encourage, comfort and build up.