It’s not really what you think:). This blog post isn’t about bad breath but rather the fire that we have the ability to breath. In the Book of James, Chapter 3 it talks all about taming our tongue due to it’s powerful nature. Let me share a couple verses with you.
James 3:5b-6 says “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.
That’s pretty powerful stuff. A spark from a tiny match can burn thousands of acres. In the same regard, one word can turn someone to eternal damnation.
Recently a series of events happened due to something that I said. Now, nothing I said was at all negative or an attack on others. It didn’t challenge anyone or anything. But it still ended up causing a stir and hurt. It made me realize that I need to always consider what I say and to who I address things as to be as sure as possible that no harm can be done. Especially as Christians, we say things at times (discussion of sin, Bible truth) that do not make sense to or may even offend non-believers. Now I am not suggesting that we don’t speak the truth. But if our call from Jesus is to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19), then we need to make sure we aren’t pushing people away. That means we must hold back when we aren’t sure what the outcome may be. We must always lean on the side of love. I believe that in doing so, God will handle the rest!