“See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!” (James 3:5)
A match is enough to burn down a forest. How many fellowships have been destroyed by a careless word here or there? O, the great destruction that has come because of careless talk. You do not know who is listening, so always be on your guard with your speech. Know that the Lord always hears when you talk – whether you want Him to or not. Knowing such a small thing makes a big difference.
How can we know unless we hear? How can we hear unless someone speaks? Know that the world is moved in many directions with such a small thing as the tongue. You too, in your relationships may influence others, for good or for evil. Be on your guard less the wicked one trip you up and you feel free to speak things that are better off never having been said. Words spilled out can never be put to rest.
Lord Jesus, bring me to a place where I am sensitive about my words. Let me be guarded with my tongue. Through all things, lead me to know that in You is all hope and a future. That future includes a place where loose talk will not happen. And it needs to begin with me. Lead me Lord so that I would, day by day, be more guarded in the habit of careful speech and live with an attentive attitude toward others. Amen.