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A mosquito is a tiny insect __ but its potential for devastation is huge. The writer of this story related his experience about the tiny insect that bit him when he was in his 5th grade on both his knees. The bites became infected and deteriorated into threatening case of blood poisoning. For over a month he was pricked repeatedly with penicillin shots, and his knees had to be lanced and drained twice daily to remove the infection. He said it was a very excruciatingly painful and quite terrifying for a ten-year old kid. To this day, he carried the scars on his knees from the numerous lancing or piercings. All because of something as tiny as the mosquito. James, the half brother of Jesus, warns us of another little thing that can also be destructive. He says that even though the TONGUE is little, it boasts great things. It is like a small spark that sets a great forest on fire (James 3:5). Although the tongue is small, there is nothing small about the damage it can do. Words carry with them the power of healing or a destructive capacity far greater than the poison of any mosquito bite. It is essential that we use our words with greater wisdom and care. Consider carefully the words you choose. Will they be seasoned with balm of grace or with poison of anger? __ Bill Crowder
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