JAMES 3

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James 3:1-12

TONGUE-TIED!

 

It was my first wedding. The bride was 60 something. The groom was 70 something.

They decided on a full church wedding. To say I was nervous is probably an understatement.

As I was giving a little devotional to the new couple I tried to quote part of Ephesians 4:26, "Don't let the sun go down upon your wrath." Instead, I said "Don't end the day without having a fight!"

Talk about being tongue-tied, using my tongue in a wrong way, I succeeded!

 

James gives us a very serious warning in our text. All people end up getting tongue-tied at one time or another. We are all guilty of misusing the tongue.

 

THE IMPORTANT TONGUE - Vss. 1-4

The tongue, although small, is important. There should not be an over abundance of teachers (masters), because they will receive greater judgment (condemnation). Those who teach others are judged by a higher standard than those who are not teachers.

 

James gives two examples of small things being important. He refers to the bit placed in a horse's mouth, and the rudder (helm) which steers a boat. Both small things accomplish great results.

 

THE INFLAMED TONGUE - Vss. 5-6

"The tongue is a fire!"

 

THE INCONSISTENT TONGUE - Vss. 9-12

 

THE IMPOSSIBLE TONGUE - Vss. 7-8

(I make this point last, because the solution to the problem is found here.)

No man can tame the tongue! Only God can!

First we need to trust Christ as Savior.

Next we need to turn the control of the tongue over to Him.

Romans 13:14 - "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."

Galatians 2:20 - "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

 

 

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James 3:1-12

THE TONGUE

 

THE TONGUE IS IMPORTANT - Vss. 1-2

 

THE TONGUE IS INFLUENTIAL - Vss. 3-5

 

THE TONGUE IS IMPOSSIBLE - Vss. 6-8

 

THE TONGUE IS INCONSISTENT - Vss. 9-12

 

ONLY GOD CAN TAME THE TONGUE!

 

 

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James 3:13-18

TRUE WISDOM

 

WORKS THAT SHOW TRUE WISDOM Vs. 13

WARNING AGAINST EARTHLY WISDOM Vss. 14-16

WISDOM THAT COMES FROM ABOVE Vss. 17-18

 

 

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James 3:13-18

WHAT KINDS OF WISDOM DO YOU HAVE?

 

DO YOU HAVE RESPONSIVE WISDOM? Vs, 13

A truly wise man will respond to God and show his wisdom by his works.

 

DO YOU HAVE REBELLIOUS WISDOM? Vss. 14-16

Wisdom that shows envy and strife is devilish! Such a person is rebelling against God!

 

DO YOU HAVE RIGHTEOUS WISDOM? Vss. 17-18

Righteous wisdom has a bunch of good qualities mentioned in these verses.

 

 

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James 3:13-18

THREE KINDS OF WISDOM

 

THE WISDOM OF HUMILITY - HUMBLE WISDOM - Vs. 13

THE WISDOM OF HELL - HAUGHTY WISDOM - Vss. 14-16

THE WISDOM OF HEAVEN - HEAVENLY WISDOM - Vss. 17-18

 

 

 

 

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