The Tongue

THE TONGUE

James 3

INTRODUCTION

Everyone has experienced the power of the tongue whether good or bad. We’ve each felt the wonderful affirming words of a friend which helped so much. Or, maybe we have felt the painfully cutting words which seemed to tear out our heart. It has been said that we are what we eat, but we will see that in actuality we are what we speak. What we say is a direct insight into what we are.

It is also said that in the medical profession that when a doctor inspects a patient’s tongue, much can be learned about the condition of the patient’s health.

The word of God speaks volumes on the subject of our speech and what it reveals about us. The book of James gives us an excellent break down of the power of the tongue and the implications of it. Through this study we will learn what our words indicate and learn what God expects of us.

THEME: WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL?

I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

NOTE: So too, though the tongue is a small part [of the body], it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.            James 3:5 HCSB

          a. “Boasts great things”

          b. Only time found in the New Testament

          c. To bear one’s self loftily in speech or action

     A. Wise Words Are Refreshing

NOTE: The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.            Proverbs 18:4 KJV

          1. The one who speaks wisdom refreshes as deep waters

          2. It refreshes and satisfies as does a well spring, genuinely

          3. As a flowing brook it is gentle, promotes growth and replenishes

     B. We Reap What Our Mouth Sows

NOTE: A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.       Proverbs 18:20

NOTE: “Fruit” – Literally, The children of his mouth

          a. Of what persuasion our lips are

          b. Our stomach will be filled with

          c. With our lips of edification will come greater filling

     C. The Value Of Wise Lips

NOTE: There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.        Proverbs 20:15 KJV

NOTE: Jewelry vs. lips of knowledge; Song – Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friends

         1. Lips of knowledge are precious

         2. Greater in value than gold

         3. Greater in value than rubies

NOTE: When assaulted by evil speech David meditated on God’s statutes

NOTE: Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.   Psalm 119:23 NKJV

          a. “Sit” – Hebrew “dwell”

          b. vs. “Meditate” on God’s statutes

T.S. WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL?

     I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

II. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR SIN NATURE

NOTE: But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.         James 3:8 KJV

     A. Evil Speech Reveals Our Evil Bent Of Nature

NOTE: For the foolish person will speak foolishness, And his heart will work iniquity: To practice ungodliness, To utter error against the LORD, To keep the hungry unsatisfied, And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.         Isaiah 32:6 KJV

NOTE: The drink of the thirsty to fail cf. salt lose its flavor

          1. Outward evil speech comes from the inward vile person

          2. Our hearts are evil

          3. We express our evil through evil instruments and devises

          4. It is an inside problem of the heart which results in the outside expression

     B. The Evil Tongue Will Pay A Price

NOTE: He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3 NKJV

          1. The one who keeps his/her mouth guards his life (military term)

          2. But the one who does not control his/her speech will face destruction (ruin, terror, a breaking)

     C. We Do Not Have To Submit To Our Sin Nature

NOTE: Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you.         Proverbs 4:24

          1. Put away a perverse mouth

               a. Perverse

               b. Distorted facts

          2. Put away perverse lips

              a. Deviate

              b. Crookedness

         3. God makes available to us the power to change and repent

NOTE: If we fear the Lord we will repent. God hates a perverse mouth

NOTE: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.     Proverbs 8:13 NKJV

T.S. WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL?

          I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

         II. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR SIN NATURE

III. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR HYPOCRISY

NOTE: With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who are made in God’s likeness.       James 3:9 HCSB

     A. The Jews Were Guilty

NOTE: holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision

Titus 1:9-10 NKJV

         1. The chosen people of God were hypocrites by speech

         2. Unruly talkers

         3. Vain talkers

         4. Deceivers

NOTE: God deals harsher with those who know better

     B. Isaiah Was Guilty

NOTE: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts.”    Isaiah 6:5 NKJV

          1. He was a prophet

          2. He was a man of God

          3. But he had unclean lips

          4. We as God’s people can be guilty of hypocrisy of mouth

     C. Our Mouths Were Made For Edifying

NOTE: But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV

          1. We should be giving thanks

          2. Not filthy talk

          3. Not foolish talk

NOTE: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.            Psalm 19:14 NKJV

CONCLUSION

WHAT DOES OUR TONGUE REVEAL?

I. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR MATURITY LEVEL

 

II. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR SIN NATURE

III. OUR TONGUE REVEALS OUR HYPOCRISY

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