The Power Of Words (Part 1)

You have no doubt heard the phrase “Big things come in small packages.” We use that phrase to lessen the blow of receiving a gift that appears to be small but might actually have great value to it. This phrase does not always have a positive connotation to it though. When we focus on Scripture, we see that this phrase may be applied to the words that come from our mouths.

James dealt with this issue in his letter to his scattered brothers and sisters in Christ. In his conversation concerning living out their faith through a godly life, he touched on one of the things that Christians struggle with the most. It is not just a Christian problem but a problem of all humanity. It is the problem of our words.

Read what James wrote concerning this small member of the body but the power that it boasts:

Now if we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we direct their whole bodies. And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how a small fire sets ablaze a large forest. James 3:3-5

The horse is a mighty animal that is strong and muscular. It contains great authority and great prowess but if you put a small bit in its mouth, you are able to control it. A ship might be small or it might be huge but a small piece of metal on the back controls the direction of the ship. The largest forests in the world can be destroyed by the smallest of sparks. 

To control the tongue is to first understand its ability. Though it is small, it is powerful. Though it seems insignificant, it controls our lives. Take a few moments in quiet reflection and allow the Holy Spirit to impress on our hearts the power of our tongue and words.