Jesus says, “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
The spoken word has incredible power; it can make or break life. The biblical account of creation (Genesis 1) tells us that God created everything that exists by his word. Like, he said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.
The Bible places great importance on the control and proper use of the tongue. One way to measure a person’s spirituality and commitment to Christ is their use of the tongue. Writing about taming the tongue, in James 3:1-12, James gave some vivid illustrations: (1) the small bit controls the great power of the horse, (2) the small rudder controls the direction of the ship; and (3) the small fire can destroy the great forest.
Like the bit for the horse, the rudder for the ship and the small fire, the tongue is small in relation to the body yet has a great potential to achieve enormous results, both good and bad. It can stir up violence or promote peace. It can crush the spirit or soothe the discouraged. It can spread rumours or it can teach truth. It can change the direction of a life and even human history. Indeed “the tongue has the power of life and death.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Let us, therefore, take the words of Apostle Paul seriously: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).
St. Stephen's celebrated its centenary on 26th December 1953 with much fanfare. Until then there had been no electric lights or fans. They were installed during this time.