Read: James 3:1-4 Memorize: James 3:2 Pastor Josh October 29-Nov. 4, 2015
James begins this chapter talking about the tongue. He mentions it in every chapter of this book. If it is mentioned in every chapter, how important do you think it is? Look at these passages and see what James has to say about the tongue in each verse. (James 1:19, 26, 2:12, 3:8, 4:11, 5:12) The Apostle Paul mentions the danger of a wicked tongu in Romans 3:13-15, notice what he has to say about the tongue.
"My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation." This verse is a warning to those of us who are teachers or preachers in making sure that we teach the truth. Ever thought about being a teacher or about serving the Lord in full-time ministry? This is a huge responsibility that has to be taken seriously. Our faith is evident by what we teach and say.
"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able to bridle the whole body." James is talking about stumbling, that is what offend means. A perfect man here is talking about a very mature believer who is living the way he should. How many of us stuggle with gossiping and backbiting, and how immature is it? Do you struggle with either of these?
Have you ever ridden a horse? What is used to make the horse go where you want it too? A bit. It's a small piece of metal that lets you be in charge of the horse. The picture James is giving us here is how wild we can let our tongues run without any control. Ever said something you wished you could take back once you said it? How much trouble has our tongues gotten us into?
Another picture James gives us here is a ship with a rudder. The rudder is a small piece of wood at the back of the boat that can turn you away from danger. "Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth."
The tongue can destroy us or or help us. Learn to control what you say. Proverbs 21:23 "Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."