by Michael Romero

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Tongues of Wisdom
Series: Christian Living in Today's World
Michael Romero
James 3:12-18


In this passage of scripture that we are studying today we can find a continuation of James 3:1-12. In the first part of James chapter 3 we find that James, inspired by the Holy Spirit writes about the dangers of the tongue.

As we learned last week. James is using an outline found in James 1:19.

James 1:19 (NASB95)
"19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;"

We looked out how verses 1-12 in chapter 3 applied to the "slow to speak" portion of the outline in 1:19.

Our text today continues to teach us how we should be "slow to speak". Today James is going to give us some advice. In James 3:8 it says,

James 3:8 (NASB95)
"8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison."

This is true! No one man or woman can tame their tongue. It is not in our power to control everything we say unless; there is divine intervention in our life.

I mentioned briefly in our previous study that we must be able to control what we think and what we say. Last weeks study was about what we say but James will now take us back to the source of control for the tongue which is the mind. We must be able to control our minds before we can control what we say.

So this is where James takes us in our text today. He uses the word "wisdom" to describe what is needed in our minds in order for us to take control of our tongue. Wisdom is the key to dominating the things that we say.

However, as we will find out there are two kinds of wisdom.

In last weeks study we discovered in verse 10-12 that our tongues say conflicting things.

James 3:10-12 (NASB95)
10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my br ...

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