It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. — James 3:5-6 (MSG)
Adapted from the resource The Confident Women Devotional – by Joyce Meyer
As children of God, we can use our mouths and the power of our words to heal relationships or destroy them. The scripture above shows how major problems are birthed by something as simple as wrong words—a tiny spark can cause an entire forest to catch fire, just as a single word can hurt many people.
Once we have said something, we cannot take it back, so we must be very careful about what we say. If you have said unkind things, apologize, seek forgiveness, and begin to use right words in your relationships.
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for giving me the power to create my world with my words. Please help me to be intentional in choosing to speak positive words over my life and in my relationships. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.