James 3:1-12 speaks about the incredible power of the tongue to cause damage. This sermon sheds light on that power–including the harmful effects of gossip–and encourages us to use the power of our tongues to share God’s grace with the listener.
Read James 3:1-12
We’ve all said things we regret. The mouth expresses who are we really are and what’s in our heart. If we can control our mouths, we possess real self-control.
Our mouths and tongues are relatively small. But they are powerful (compared to a ship’s rudder and a small flame), and can influence for good or bad.
Gossip — a word, an opinion, something shared that you was untrue, unkind, or you had no right to share. Questions to ask: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it helpful to this discussion to say this?
What we say can actually defile us: Mark 7:14-15
Vs. 10–”My brethren”–a call to remember that we are family.
These scriptures apply to all speech, including Facebook, Instagram, etc. It’s so easy to hide a little behind your posts, and we can write things we would never say in person.
Proverbs 10:19-21 There is only so much verbal expression the Lord wants us to make each day!
If any conversation goes on too long, it tends to degenerate. There is only so much that is helpful to talk about.
Let’s most of us try to speak less. We are not encouraged to think before we speak.
Psalm 39:1 and Psalm 141:3
James focuses on the dangers of the tongue. But as powerful as it can be to destroy, it can be just as powerful to build up.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
God wants to use our tongues to impart grace to those around us!
Let’s compliment people. Let’s encourage. Catch someone doing something right and let them know that. Build up the body of Christ with the grace that comes through out words!
This is the heart of the Lord. This is a way to show people who Jesus is!
Let’s do a test. Try to go one whole day this week only speaking positive and edifying things. Or a morning. Or an hour!