Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire by hell. (Jam 3:3-6 NKJ)
Haven’t we all, at some time, said something and then wish we could take it back? James tells us that the tongue is one of the smallest members of our bodies and yet it has some much power. Thinking of the greatest speeches ever, Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech or Maya Angelou, ‘On the Pulse of Morning,’ and so many more. There are the speeches at Nuremberg, where Hitler incited a nation to war or Jim Jones in Guyana, who convinced 909 people to commit suicide. The tongue is so powerful; it can speak life and death, and with so many tongues wagging around us, we need more and more to listen to that still small voice before we speak a word.