Before you get too excited, the goal in being generous with our words is not an excuse to talk more, rather to use our tongue more wisely. The tongue is a fascinating muscle. With it, our taste-buds bring us pleasure by informing our minds if something is sweet or sour, spicy or bitter. It allows to shape our thoughts from mere sounds into specific words. Words which are useful in expressing genuine emotions and pertinent information. Unfortunately though, because of our tongues, life can be sabotaged and pain can be inflicted. Someone once made the erroneous statement that “stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” The truth is, “stick and stones may in fact break bones, but words can crush a spirit, assassinate a character and destroy a relationship.
James 3:5-8 tells us that… “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. 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 person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
Each and every day people are abusing one another by the selection of the words. We have become quite adept at talking trash and maliciously slandering one another for the sake of esteeming ourselves. But what is worse, some of us verbally abuse one another simply for pleasure of it—we enjoy hurting others. We go out of our way to find a fault in someone’s appearance in order that we may cause a rift in that person’s soul. And for what reason…to cause them harm. It is no wonder that the Bible addresses the use of our tongues so often.