TAMING THE TONGUE
James said the believer displays maturity by
controlling the tongue. Positive use of the tongue is
possible when surrendered to the Holy Spirit.
Introduction: In all ages, peoples of all nations
have contemplated the use of the tongue. Leonardo
DaVinci studied human anatomy extensively. He
commented the tongue could and would take more shapes
than any other muscle in the human body. It is
certainly an interesting muscle. Medically, the
tongue is a 2-ounce slab of muscle, membrane and
nerves with which we chew, taste, swallow, and speak.
James used the tongue to teach the power of human
speech and the need to surrender it to God. He
I. The Unbelievable Power of the Tongue
Application: We are products of what we say. What we
say affects nearly every area of our lives.
Neurologists tell us the speech center rules over
every other nerve. Suppose you say, "I feel sick" or
"I'm getting old" ... your body responds to what the
tongue says. That's powerful.
Transition Statement: James analyzes and illustrates
the power of the tongue.
Explanation: Power insinuated -- v. 1 - "many
teachers." In the synagogue services, almost anyone
would be given a hearing. James warned about the
unofficial "teachers" because of the power of their
words to lead astray.
Power illustrated -- vv. 3-4 - "bridle of horse" and
"helm of the ship." With a bridle the large horse is
directed, and with a rudder a great ship in strong
wind is guided. The small bridle and small rudder set
the direction of the greater.
Power analyzed -- vv. 5-6 - Sets direction - v. 5, and
establishes defilement - v. 6
Application: Can anyone doubt that what we say is
important? Think of psychosomatic illnesses.
Application: Your words are powerful regardless of
skills, intellect, etc.
Illustration: A snail's tongue has 30,000 teeth on
it. It can ...
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