Almost all of the sins I commit are related to the improper use of the tongue.
My class on the book of James was taught by Dr. Thomas Eaves at Tennessee Bible College. To keep from taking his notoriously difficult tests, he allowed the option of memorizing the book. This was a blessing for me.
James wrote, “So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire! And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell,” (James 3:5-6 ASV).
Memorizing this has kept me from making some really big mistakes. Forgetting it has also precipitated some of my worse gaffes.
“The tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members.” This advice is worth its weight in gold and is certainly worth memorization.