The Perfection Of The Tongue's Corruption
Set On Fire By Hell
April 18, 2010
INTRODUCTION: After establishing the significance and power of the tongue, James proceeds to address its greatest potential for destruction. The propensity and potential of the tongue is literally almost unbelievable. Note the descriptive language of James in his attempt to warn and instruct the church concerning the tongue: fire, a world of iniquity; it defiles the whole body, sets on fire the course of nature, an unruly evil, and full of deadly poison. Seven characteristics, the Perfection of the Tongue's Corruption. Whereas the tongue's power to control is neutral, being capable of working either for good or for evil, the emphasis here is entirely negative. In Matt. 12, Jesus made it clear that the tongue is a "tattle tale" on the heart, therefore, we might wish to heed the prayer of the Psalmist.
Psalms 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer."
Meditation - what the mouth brings up
I. THE TONGUE'S DEVASTATING POWER. 5b
"See" - behold; middle voice, a call from within, pay
"see how great a forest a little fire kindles"
("see how great a forest is set aflame by such a small
This speaks of the EXPONENTIAL POTENTIAL.
"Fire has the amazing and virtually unique capacity to reproduce itself in an almost unlimited way as long as it has fuel to burn. Like the vast majority of things, water cannot multiply. When it is poured out, no matter where or on what, it never expands into a flood. But fire feeds on itself. It there is sufficient flammable material and enough oxygen to sustain combustion, it will burn on indefinitely."
A tiny spark can start a raging, uncontrollable fire, des ...
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