by Jerry Vines

James 3:1-12
Dr. Jerry Vines
I really enjoy the book of James. It is so applicable to our
daily life. It touches on so many things that are of vital interest to
us that it's as if James sat down last week and wrote his letter. It is
so up to date and current and it touches life where we live in such
practical ways.
Before I tell you who our most unruly member is would you like
to just kind of look around for a moment and then take a vote. Of
course, you know that I'm not talking about the members of our
congregation, but rather I'm talking about the members of our body. I'm
talking about what James mentions in verse 6 when he says, "So is the
tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body." I'm talking
about a subject that is in every body's mouth this morning -- the
James has a great deal to say about the tongue. Back in the
James 1:19 he said, "Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak."
Again in the 26th verse of the 1st chapter he says, "If any man among
you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his
own heart, this man's religion is vain." James has a great deal to say
about the tongue because he understands the tremendous power of the
tongue. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the
power of the tongue." I think before this message is over we will
understand that indeed that is true. Living in the world we are living
in, on this Jan. 20, after the outbreak of war I think all of us
understand the tremendously devastating possibilities of the human
tongue. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
In the opening verse of this chapter James gives a special word
of caution to those who are involved in the ministry of teaching. In
just a little while there will be several hundred of you who will be
going into Sunday School classrooms and you will stand before the people
and you will be a teacher. You will use a number of words. I want ...

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