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Real Faith: Tongue Tied: James 3:1-12

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The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 NIV

1. THE TONGUE IS PETITE BUT POWERFUL

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
James 3:2-3 (ESV)

Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.
James 3:4 (ESV)

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.  How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
James 3:5-6 (ESV)

2. THE TONGUE IS HUMANLY UNTAMABLE

So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.  How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.  For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind…
James 3:5-7 (ESV)

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
James 3:5-10 (ESV)

Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.
James 3:11-12 (ESV)

3. WE NEED A NEW HEART TO GET A NEW TONGUE

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.
James 3: 13-14 (NLT)

…for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Luke 6:45 (ESV)

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)