Sticks and stones may cause immediate, temporary harm to us but, in today’s message, Tony reminds us of the power of words to cause lasting harm. We are shown how sometimes it is the smallest things that can have the most power to incite change (for good or for evil). As we use our tongues to praise God, we are encouraged (and challenged) to also use them to uplift our fellow humans who are created in his image.
James 3: 1-12
Words have the power of death in it. We can apologize but we cannot take back what was said. Our tongues can be used for good or evil. The tongue can cause divisions among us.
We need to think about the words that we say. We need to create a community where what we say is kind, and our tongues are not to be used as a weapon for destruction. We need to think about the tongues that God has given us.
The tongue must reign in because it’s powerful.
What we say in our conversation is very important. We are going to be held accountable for the things that we say. We should only use our tongues to praise God and not curse others. Who do we need to have a conversation with? Because the tongue is so destructive we need to be going to God on our knees about it.