Be Careful What You Say (James 3)

And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Be careful what you say. Once you let the words out of your mouth, you cannot get them back. Your tongue is like a bridle, it sets the course of your life. What you say is what people think about you. It is like the rudder of a ship, whatever you say charts the course of where you will go. It is like a tiny little spark, a careless word spoken in pride or anger can destroy hundreds of lives. Don’t trust yourself to be cleaver, when in doubt don’t say it… this applies to social media too.

About John Harris

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

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