It is hard to imagine the agony of being in hell. In the gospel of Luke we get a glimpse of it when Lazarus complains that he is tormented in this flame (16:24). It is interesting to notice how he calls for a heaven-dwelling finger, in order to alleviate the pain being experienced in his hell-dwelling tongue.
The earth-dwelling tongue only stops being set on fire of hell (Ja 3:6) when the spiritual fingers of Christ Jesus the Lord are put into one’s ears and the ears are opened (Mk 7:33-35). Before that time our tongues are full of deceit, and the poison of asps is under our lips (Rom 3:13).
The apostle Paul arguably did more good with his finger than he ever did with his tongue. Being restricted to confined quarters in Rome, he could do very little with his tongue. Therefore, I write these things being absent, he said, knowing well that power had been given him to edification, and not to destruction (2 Cor 13:10).
May our hearts burn within us (Lk 24:32) for all the right reasons, as we consider not only that we have the word of God but that it is Christ himself, the God-man, who has personally opened to us the scriptures (v.32). May our tongues remember that it is He who has granted them the Spirit of adoption (Rom 8:15), and the soothing sincerity of confession (Rom 10:8-10).