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Taming The Tongue Part 2 James 3:1-12 1 Sin is universal (Rom. 3:23), YET among all men, the sins of the tongue seem to be most universal and the most difficult to control.

Taming The Tongue Part 2 James 3:1-12 1 Sin is universal (Rom. 3:23), YET among all men, the sins of the tongue seem to be most universal and the most difficult to control. Teachers must be careful for…

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Taming The Tongue Part 2 James 3:1-12 1 Sin is universal (Rom. 3:23), YET among all men, the sins of the tongue seem to be most universal and the most difficult to control.






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Taming The TonguePart 2 James 3:1-12 1

Sin is universal (Rom. 3:23), YET among all men, the sins of the tongue seem to be most universal and the most difficult to control. Teachers must be careful for… WHAT they teachandHOW they teach 2 “For in many things we all stumble…” James 3:2 Cf. Col. 4:4-6 Man who tames his tongue is a “perfect man.” cf. 1:4 ; 2:22

Illustrations: Bit in horses mouth.Small rudder of a great ship. “The tongue is a fire.” (Jms. 3:6) “An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire. A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates the best of friends” (KJV Prov. 16:27-28). 3 Tongue is small but powerful… James 3:3-6

“The tongue can no man tame...” Hyperbole (of language) deliberately exaggerated. NOTE: Eph. 4:29; Col. 4:6 David said, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile” and then prayed that God might “set a watch... before my mouth, and keep the door of my lips” (Ps 34:13; 141:3). Peter wrote, “For he that would love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile (1 Pet 3:10). 4 Difficulty Of Taming The Tongue James 3:7-8

“ It is a restless evil...” Unstable. Like a caged beast, it seeks opportunity to break forth and cause havoc and destruction. “It is full of deadly poison...” “They have sharpened their tongue like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips” (Ps. 140:3). Quoting from Ps. 5:9, Paul uses a similar metaphor: “The poison of asps is under their lips” (Rom. 3:13). 5Difficulty Of Taming The Tongue James 3:7-8

What arrogance: one looks up to God with blessing, then down to man, made in God’s image, with cursing. The Psalmist wrote of those who “delight in lies,” who “bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly” (Ps. 62:4). “These thing s ought not so to be!” 6The perverse tongue is inconsistent. James 3:9-12

Swearing . "Thou shalt not take the name of Jehovah thy God in vain, for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Ex. 20:7). “Bring forth him that cursed without the camp... and let all the congregation stone him" (Lev. 24:14). 7 General Applications:

Gossiping and Talebearing. "Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people..." (Lev. 19:16). "Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be that it may give grace to them that hear" (Eph. 4:29). 8 General Applications:

Murmuring. "Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and perished by the destroyer" (1 Cor. 10:10; Cf. Num. 16 and Num. 21). 9 General Applications:

Criticism. Jesus admonished, "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment." (Jno . 7:24). 10 General Applications:

Contentious words. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but a grievous word stirreth up anger" (Prov. 15:1). “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city" (Prov. 16:32). 11 General Applications:

IS IT TRUE ? "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Ex. 20:16). "Lying lips are an abomination to Jehovah..." (Prov. 12:22). --God hates "...a lying tongue" (Prov. 6:17). “Lie not one to another seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings" (Col. 3:9). “...All liars, their part shall be in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone...” (Rev. 21:8). 12 General Applications: One's thoughts should pass three gates before they are spoken.

IS IT NEEDFUL ? "...A talebearer revealeth secrets..." (Prov. 11:13). "He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends" (KJV Prov. 17:9). 13 General Applications: One's thoughts should pass three gates before they are spoken.

IS IT KIND ? "The words of a talebearer are as wounds..." (KJV Prov. 18:8). "And be ye kind one to another... (Eph. 4:32). The worthy woman… “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue” (Prov. 31:26). 14 General Applications: One's thoughts should pass three gates before they are spoken.

The tongue is a USEFUL and beautiful gift. “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one“ (Col. 4:6). "Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones" (Prov. 16:24). "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in network of silver" (Prov. 25:11). 15 Taming The Tongue

The tongue, however, is capable of great DESTRUCTION. Let us, therefore, watch and pray. "Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin" (Eccl. 5:6). "Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth: keep the door of my lips" (Ps. 141:3). "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer" (Ps. 19:14). 16 Taming The Tongue

If you want to tame your tongue, then TAME YOUR HEART!!! 17 Taming The Tongue

Drawing Near To God James 4:1-10“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” vs. 8 18

Worldliness Separates . James 4:1-4Worldliness – “interest in, concern with, or devotion to things of this world especially as opposed to a future stage of existence (as after death).” (Webster) cf. Tit. 2:11 Source of “wars and fights.” Cf. Mt. 15:18ffLusts, pleasures. Cf. Lk. 8:14Vs. 2, so strong, you “kill and covet.” cf. 1 Jno. 3:15; Mt. 5:22 Ask not. Cf. Mt. 7:7-9; 21:22Ask amiss… motive wrong. Selfish gratification. 19Drawing Near To God

“Ye Adulteresses” . James 4:4-6Love for God compromised. In O.T. God’s people pictured as His wife. Isa. 54:5; Jer. 3:14; cf. Hos. 2:2-5; 3:1-5; 9:1 In N.T. Church is the Bride of Christ. Eph. 5:22-23; Rom. 7:1-4Espoused to one husband. 2 Cor. 11:2-3Singleness of affection. Cf. Eph. 6:5; Col. 3:22 20Drawing Near To God

“Ye Adulteresses” . James 4:4-6Friendship with the world, makes one an enemy of God. Jms. 4:4; Col. 3:1-3; cf. Mt. 6:19; 19:16-22; Mt. 6:2ff 21Drawing Near To God

“Priorities” … The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow we would now be able to have multiple “first” things.People and companies routinely try to do just that. One leader told me of this experience in a company that talked of “Pri-1, Pri-2, Pri-3, Pri-4, and Pri-5.” This gave the impression of many things being the priority, but actually meant nothing was. (Greg McKeown,  Essentialism) 22Drawing Near To God

“Ye Adulteresses” . James 4:4-6James 4:5 “Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain?” No specific O.T. Text referenced. 23Drawing Near To God

“Ye Adulteresses” . James 4:4-6James 4:5 “Doth the spirit which he made to dwell in us long unto envying?” ASV James 4:5 “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us?” NASU James 4:5 "He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us"? ESV 24 Drawing Near To God

“Ye Adulteresses” . James 4:4-6Note: God created the human spirit for fellowship with Him and yearns for the loyalty and devotion of that spirit which He placed within us. cf. Gen. 1:28 Acts 17:27 “…that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” 25Drawing Near To God

“Submit therefore unto God” . James 4:6-10Only by submitting to God can His blessings be received. God “gives” grace to the humble. World promises and doesn’t deliver.God “gives” (present tense) and delivers. Initial forgiveness. Eph. 2:5; Rom. 5:1ff, 20We live by His grace. Heb. 4:16 “grace and peace” to you all….. “More.” “In a greater degree” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary) 26 Drawing Near To God

“Submit therefore unto God” . James 4:6-10DRAWING NEAR TO GOD CALLS FOR DECISIVE ACTION: “ Be Subject” to God – Yield to His will. Cf. Mt. 16:24“ Resist the Devil” – Do not yield. Cf. 1 Pet. 5:8-9 “Draw near to God” – Full assurance of faith. Heb. 10:22 27 Drawing Near To God

“Submit therefore unto God” . James 4:6-10…DECISIVE ACTION: “ Cleanse your hands” – by repentance. Cf. Lk. 13:3; 1 Jno. 1:9“Purify your hearts” – obey the truth. Cf. 1 Pet. 1:22“ Be afflicted, mourn, weep” – Godly sorrow for your sins. Ps 34:18 “Jehovah is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.” cf. 2 Cor. 7:10-11 “ Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord.” – cf. 1 Pet. 5:5-6 28 Drawing Near To God

“ HE shall exhalt you.” James 4:6-10Mt. 23:5-12; Cf. Mt. 6 Those who wanted to be exalted among the people.1 Pet. 5:5-6 “…Yea, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another: for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that HE may exalt you in due time .”29 Drawing Near To God

“Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto Jehovah, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isa 55:6-7 30 Drawing Near To God Acts 2