Have you ever been burnt by someone’s tongue? Angry words that blistered your spirit and left scars that would not heal? James describes it this way: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6). James goes on to point out that the tongue, like a raging wildfire, is impossible to tame. It can be totally destructive.
Scroll back to the Old Testament. Isaiah the prophet made the same confession: “I am a man of unclean lips…” (Isaiah 6:5). Here we see God fighting fire with fire. He sent an angel to touch Isaiah’s lips with a live coal—a heavenly fire that purged his lips and filled his mouth with a new message. While no man can tame the tongue, the good news is that God can!
Is it any wonder that God took control of 120 tongues on the Day of Pentecost? And that the visual He gave was “tongues of fire” hovering over each believer? Is it any wonder that God used them to set the world on fire with the message of love and forgiveness through the crucified/resurrected Christ? Are you ready to let God set your tongue on fire with words of praise to God and hope for the world?
I will ask God to control my tongue, so my words will bring glory to Him and blessing to others.