This last Saturday, I went to a gun range with some friends. It was my first time shooting a handgun, and it was a very enlightening experience for me. Regardless of your view on gun control, I hope you can agree that guns are very fascinating tools. A 9mm pistol is so small but carries an amazing amount of destructive force. If you are not careful with it, you could injure or even kill somebody, but it’s small enough to fit comfortably in a hand or carry with you with minimal disruption.
The Bible describes the tongue in a similar fashion. A (very) few examples:
Much of this is phrased metaphorically, we should not combine what James and the author of Proverbs are saying and go around telling people their tongues are literally poisonous trees. However, this metaphor contains truth. What you say to and about people is just as important in the eyes of God as what you physically do.
You wouldn’t be careless with a gun, please don’t be careless with your words.