“So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!” James 3:6
I’ve never seen a forest fire, but I can imagine. Last year, a forest fire raged in Washington State where my husband and I used to live. I watched the news and saw the devastation. Homes were destroyed, trees shaved of their leaves looked like scrawny, black match sticks pointing at the sky. That fire, called the Carlton Complex Fire, burned more than 250,000 acres.
Did you know that your tiny tongue can cause damage like a mighty forest fire?
When we are not careful what we say, our unkind words can hurt others. The Bible says, just like a forest fire begins with a small spark but can destroy miles and miles of land, so also can our small, seemingly unimportant words wound people.
Have you ever heard someone say something unkind about you? How did you feel? Is there someone you need to apologize to for saying something unkind?