The Tongue: The Test Of Life
April 25, 2010
INTRODUCTION: James deals with the "untamed tongue." This passage is a powerful reminder of how the tongue drives us to GRACE. What a display of our LOSTNESS.
There are few sections of Scripture which are so graphically relentless in making a point. This is the most penetrating (and convicting) exposition of the tongue anywhere in literature, sacred or secular. One must also conclude that it was not just James' local concern for his churches which occasioned the writing, but also the Holy Spirit's desire that the churches at large learn to control the tongue.
One wrong whispered word may spoil a reputation, smear a character, and even destroy the usefulness of a life.
Psalms 141:3, " Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips."
Sometimes we just simply stick our foot in our mouth. We need to be careful about what we say, when we say it, and how we say what we say.
I lost a very little word,
Only the other day;
It was a very naughty word
I had not meant to say.
But, then, it was not really lost
When from my lips it flew,
My little brother picked it up,
And now he says it, too!
Once an attorney was pleading the case of his farmer client who had lost a shipment of twenty-four pigs. He was prosecuting the trucking company that had lost the animals. The lawyer wanted to impress the jury with the magnitude of the lost so he said very innocently, "Twenty-four pigs, gentleman! Twenty-four! Twice the number in the jury box!" Too late! The damage was done. It was all over but the verdict.
I. ITS DEBILITATING POWER. 7-8a
A. TAMING. 7 MAN'S ABILITY
James reminds us that the worst and deadliest of wild beasts have been tamed by man. Sea world comes to mind; whales and porpoises; or African lions, elephants; tigers from India or cobras. Birds, such as eagles and parrots. "Has been tamed" - subdued permanent ...
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