“A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.” James 3:3-6 (The Message)
This short video is a powerful illustration of this passage and it asks some challenging questions. I would encourage you to watch it and prayerfully reflect on the questions below.
- How are your words affecting the children in your church?
- Do your words demonstrate faith, or destroy beliefs?
- Display forgiveness, or harden hearts?
- Nurture love, or cultivate hatred?
- When was the last time you spoke a word of encouragement to a child and made their day?
“Your words set up a chain of events beyond your control and which you would never know. One word can destroy beliefs, harden hearts, or cultivate hatred, but they can also demonstrate faith, display forgiveness, and at the end nurture love.The power of life and death lies in a single word. And we, the image of God, have this great power in one word.”