Devotional

The Devastating Power of an Idle Word

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” (James 3:4,5)

Nine out of ten wildfires are caused by the carelessness of humans. An “idle” word is a careless word, thrown from our lips without wisdom, kindness, and most of all, prayer. How much better to catch such a word before it exits our lips than to deal with its potentially devastating and long term effects.

The environment around you is combustible. Every day is a high alert day for damaging words. Only you, under the rulership of the Holy Spirit, can prevent the start of a “conflagration” you may regret for the rest of your life.

Do yourself a favor: pray, before you speak.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.