Our Tongues (James 3:1-12):
- Are the most Dominant part of our bodies. (Jas 3:1-5a)
Acts 20:28 - "Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood."
- Are able to Wreak Havoc. (Jas 3:5b-6)
- Are Untamable. (Jas 3:7-10a)
- Are *Untamable...without the Holy Spirit. (Jas 3:10b-12)
Luke 6:43-45 - For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Practical Ways to Watch Your Mouth:
- Watch Your Media.
Proverbs 4:25 - "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you."
- Watch Your Company.
Proverbs 24:1-2 - "Be not envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them, for their hearts devise violence, and their lips talk of trouble."
- Watch Your Walk.
Proverbs 8:20-21 - "I walk in the way of righteousness, in the paths of justice, granting an inheritance to those who love me, and filling their treasuries."
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Small Group Discussion
Read James 3:1-12
Why does the tongue hold so much power?
How can we overcome our tongues?
What ways can we ensure we are storing treasure of good rather than treasures of evil? (Luke 6:43-45)
Has your media, company and walk changed since becoming a Christian? In what ways?
What media or company is holding you spiritually hostage? What can you do to remove it along with its ‘treasures of evil’?