…If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.
Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal. And consider ships: though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies; it pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.
We should be very intentional about speaking life and freshness and very cautious about speaking death and rottenness. Some of the things that we say are going to be used by Yahweh to reveal Himself to people, or to draw some people to Himself. The ministry of condemnation is over. We bring the ministry of life: “For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness overflows with even more glory.”