SERMON PASSAGE

James 3:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

Taming the Tongue

3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

ROMANS 8:29

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

COLOSSIANS 3:10

10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

JAMES 1:19

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

JAMES 2:1-7

1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

ACTS 17:11

11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

ROMANS 3:9-18

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
    they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

JEREMIAH 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things,
    and desperately sick;
    who can understand it?

PROVERBS 18:21

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
    and those who love it will eat its fruits.

 

PROVERBS 15:28

28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
    but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

 

 

TRUE

Proverbs 8:7 English Standard Version (ESV)

for my mouth will utter truth;
    wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

Colossians 3:9 English Standard Version (ESV)

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

 

Ephesians 4:15 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

 
 

 

NECESSARY

Proverbs 10:19 English Standard Version (ESV)

19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
    but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.

Proverbs 17:27 English Standard Version (ESV)

27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
    and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 English Standard Version (ESV)

For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.

 

 

KIND

Proverbs 16:24 English Standard Version (ESV)

24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Proverbs 15:23 English Standard Version (ESV)

23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
    and a word in season, how good it is!

Proverbs 12:18 English Standard Version (ESV)

18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

 

PROVERBS 11:12

12 Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense,
    but a man of understanding remains silent.

 
PROVERBS 12:25

25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.

 

 
PROVERBS 15:4

A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
    but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

PROVERBS 22:11

11 He who loves purity of heart,
    and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.

 

PSALM 141:3

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
    keep watch over the door of my lips!