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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Fire, Fire, Fire

"Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider how a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue is also 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...." (Jas.3:5-6).

While the bridle on a horse and the rudder on a ship pointed out yesterday that the impact of the tongue is out of proportion to its size, it does not preclude that it can certainly have beneficial effects. A fire is different.... When it is under control, a fire can be warm, comforting and inviting; when out of control, it can consume large forests and cities. Some of the greatest disasters in human history were caused by fires that became uncontrollable. Just like a controlled fire, the tongue can produce words that comfort, teach and encourage... With the right words, folks comfort one another in times of hardship, and teach others about the importance of knowing Jesus. When out of control, however, words can stir up strife and hatred among people. With the wrong words, relationships are torn apart, and even the peace that should be present within a church dissipates... When James wrote the tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body, he declared in powerful terms that when folks harm one another, the tongue is often the universal offender... I find James' words to be sobering. I find them to be that way because I talk a lot. It is so important to measure our words so that do not turn into a conflagration that is completely out of control. There is also an importance here, because we still under the heading (Vs. 1-2) concerning those who desire to become teachers. The responsibility of teaching cannot be underestimated, and we want our words to be those of comfort, edification and enlightenment. We do not want our words to stir up strife and hatred like an uncontrolled fire. James' wonderful words of advice ought to be read and meditated upon for their full effect to be experienced.....

Have a great day.... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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