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See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our body’s parts … and sets on fire the course of our life. —James 3:5–6
It starts with something microscopic, even just a fragment of an atom. But then some catalyst sparks a chain reaction, and everything changes. This change can happen rapidly—in less than a thousandth of a second.
This is the impact of a chain reaction. We see these reactions in science as well as in practical matters. One thing leads to another. Breakthroughs can take place; doors that seem closed can open; new revelations can emerge.
The Bible reminds us of the many ways chain reactions can take place in our spiritual lives: A tiny spark can develop into a raging fire. Just a few words can lead to massive consequences. We need to guard our tongues, be careful of what we say, and remember that even a few words can explode into conflicts.
This same pattern is true for everything in our lives. What we see can cause chain reactions in our minds. What we think about can help us to grow spiritually or lead to ruin. What we do can open or close doors.
These are reasons why we need to be careful what we think about (Philippians 4:8). We’re to focus on heavenly things (Colossians 3:2), fill our minds with God’s Word, and be careful what we say and do. Remember, chain reactions can start with just a few words or the smallest actions, and the impact can be enormous.
Think and pray
Recount the last time you sparked a chain reaction and its consequences.
Father, help me be careful what I allow into my mind. Help me speak words that please You and bless others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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