Dec 5 2013
“Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell … no human being can tame the tongue” (James 3:5-8).
At Pentecost the church experienced a different fire; it came from heaven and rested upon believers causing their tongues to praise God in various languages by the power of the Holy Spirit. James is right, human beings can’t tame the tongue, but God can. He sanctifies this small part of the body with holy fire so that it can steer the life of the believer in a godly direction. In the scripture above James has told a positive story through a negative picture – and what a wonderful job he did! More