Taming the Tongue

(James 3:1-12; 8/23/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s lesson is believers should work on managing their tongues. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to work on managing our tongues.

Summary Highlights: In vss. 1-2, James talks about the danger of being a teacher. Teachers are judged more strictly than others. The person who can avoid being at fault in what they say is perfect.

In vss. 3-8, James illustrates the power the tongue with the bit in the mouth of a horse, a rudder on a ship, and a spark that causes a forest fire. The idea is that the tongue is small but very powerful. He talks about the tongue being untamable.

In vss. 9-12, James talks about how with the tongue, we praise God and curse people. This should not be. The strong implication is to work on controlling our tongue.

1. Being a teacher. Notice in vs. 1 that everyone should not be a teacher......Let’s work on being and doing what pleases God, instead of simply chasing godless ambition.

2. Tongue management. Notice in vs. 2, 8 that no one is perfect, and the tongue cannot be contained. .....Let’s work on growing towards perfection by working on our tongue.

3. Helpful comparisons. Notice in vss. 3-4 the use of helpful comparisons. .....Let’s work on using helpful comparisons.

4. Destruction. Notice in vss. 5-6 that the tongue can be so destructive. .....Let’s use our tongue for positive, not negative.

5. Consistency. Notice in vss. 9-10 that believers should not praise God and cures those made in God’s likeness with the same tongue. .....Let’s consistently speak godliness with our tongue.

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