Small things can make big things happen. Small things can have a lot of power.
A microchip is an essential component of a computer. In fact, microchips are essential for most electronic devices manufactured today. They are the “brains” of smartphones, laptops, and tablets. Even calculators, watches and satellites utilize microchips. They keep satellites functioning, too, so then their absence would clearly be detrimental.
Kidney stones are small. But it you’ve ever experienced one, then you know their power to produce tremendous pain.. These small crystals which are usually less than half of an inch in diameter can take a six-foot, 250-pound, grown man to the ground with tears.
Read James 3:1-12
James makes reference to three tiny things that have tremendous power. A bit in a horse’s mouth can control the large animal, a small rudder can steer a huge ship and a little spark can start a deadly wildfire.
These all illustrate the power the tongue has over the body. A tongue laced with evil is like a match that ignites a raging forest fire. On the other hand, a tongue laced with good is like a rudder steering a ship safely to harbor.
Your words have the power to make or ruin someone’s day. Even more, they have the power to give life or destroy it. Proverbs 15:4 says, “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit” (NIV).
“No human being can tame the tongue” (James 3:8), can be a disheartening message. It is impossible for us to hold back our tongues from poisoning ourselves and others. Thankfully, we know Someone who does not fall into the “human being” category. In this case, it is our big God that has power over your little tongue.
Though we are powerless against our sin nature that reveals itself in our speech, if we are followers of Christ, we are led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14). The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26), teaches us, and reminds us of Christ’s teaching (John 14:26).
Pray today that the Spirit of God would give you the power that only He can give to tame your tongue. Ask Him to remind you of what Jesus desires, even as words come out of your mouth.