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Meditation: The Tongue is a Fire
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I recently looked up the meaning of "Civil discourse." Civil discourse is " engagement in discourse intended to enhance understanding. This suggests that it requires respect of the other participants. Not much of that going around anymore.

Proverbs 12:18 in the ESV says," There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." I was reminded recently of the Spring Creek fire last July. This fire was a monster. It was started by a camp fire in a relatively remote area and destroyed 108,000 acres and a tremendous amount of personal property and dreams.

James 3:5 says " How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire...setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell." Here is where my mind takes me when comparing the Spring Creek fire and its after effects to the fire known as the tongue.

Putting the Spring Creek fire out was just the beginning. Now the area is dealing with flooding because of a burn scar. Let's look at James 3:5 through a different lens. Our tongue is a fire, our words can cause great damage, our words can cause a wound and a wound when not healed properly produces a scar. A burn scar is caused by soil that has been sterilized by the heat of the fire. It can no longer grow anything so it can't bear fruit. It no longer absorbs water. water just runs off of the burnt soil.

We as Christians are called to produce fruit but some of us have had things done to us or spoken over us that have hurt us deeply. So deeply in fact that it has caused a deep wound and over the years these wounds have produced scars. So much so that we can't bear fruit in keeping with our faith. We are offended and angry. We canít absorb the ďliving water that gives eternal life. (John 4:14) This should not be so. We must allow the Holy Spirit to heal the soil of our hearts so that we in turn can promote civil and respectful discourse. We obviously canít trust our politicians to lead the way.

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