Word school by Pst. (Mrs) Aderonke Anwo
Topic: Tongue as a Fire
Text: James 3:1-18, Heb. 4:12
What is the Tongue?
It is a small member of the body that reveals the state of the heart which can either invite trouble and death or on the other hand give us life and liberation.
What is fire?
Fire is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity. For example: we cook with fire and we heat our homes with fire.
Fire consumes, warms and illuminates but it can also cause pain and destruction.
Fire can either be constructive or destructive depending on the circumstances.
What are the features of fire?
A. Fire creates:
– It brings light in the night
– It produces heat when we need warmth.
– It provides protection.
B. Fire destroys:
– It damages properties
– It can destroy a whole nation.
C. Fire transforms:
– It turns raw foods into cooked ones
– It used to refine gold and other precious raw materials.
What is the relationship between fire and the tongue?
The relationship shall be considered in different contexts:
1. As a means of Creation
– As fire can create, so also can our tongue do the same. As christians, God has put his word in our mouth to build, plant and create (Gen. 1:1, Matt. 12:37, Rom. 10:8, Matt. 18:18,Rom 4:17, Heb. 11:3)
– The gift of speech is of great benefit. It can be used for: communicating information, expressing affection, praising God, spreading the gospel and praying for others.
– As the tongue is a fire, the words we speak can create great and mighty things for us.
2. As a means of Destruction.
– Like fire out of bounds, the tongue can also cause damages (James 6:9-10).
– The tongue can tear down someone’s self-worth.
– Can destroy relationships.
– It can order the execution of evil plans.
– Gossip, slander, cursing and lies are symptoms of “wildfire tongue” i.e. a tongue that is beyond control (Ex 23:1, Lev. 19:16, Prov. 16:27, 2 Cor. 12:20).
– The ugly side of the tongue is that our fallen nature make it easier for us to use it for evil rather than for good.
– It is easier to rip someone up verbally than to speak well of them.
3. In the context of Transformation.
As Fire can be seen as a source of power and strength, likewise the word of our mouth can:
– Encourage a weak soul.
– Give life to a dead soul.
– Bring revival and passion to God’s work in our lives.
When we are carriers of the Holy Spirit, our words can bring life, power and grace to what we direct it to.
The way out.
1. Speaking in tongues (Ps. 104:4, Heb. 12:29). We emit fire when we pray in tongues to:
– Create life
– Destroy the work of satan.
– Turn our situation around by putting angels to work.
2. Be conscious of the words you speak. Also repent of any comment made that can dishonor Christ and destroy lives around us. Ps. 19:14.
3. Make an effort to gain control over our tongue and make it an instrument of righteousness. Taming our tongues may be difficult but it’s not impossible.
4. Commit yourself to the Lordship of Jesus as a sacrifice (Rom. 12:1, Ps. 141:3)
Your tongue can either build the kingdom or burn it. Ask yourself, “Is my tongue destructive or productive?”