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James 3 - NIV

Taming the Tongue

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.

4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,

8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?

12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.




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Derrick Tuper avatar
Are You Religious?
Shared by: Derrick Tuper on Jan, 2017
Summary: Typically, a person's idea of being religious is just going through rituals and practices associated with the faith. In James 1:26-27 God defined what it means to be religious. So regardless of what we think it means we need to learn what God said it is.
David Owens avatar
Speak Life
Shared by: David Owens on Sep, 2016
Summary: In this first sermon in the series, we focus on the power of words to heal or to hurt.
Scripture: James 3:1-12
Views: 637
Tim Smith avatar
Overcoming Failure
Shared by: Tim Smith on Sep, 2016
Summary: Some of the greatest figures throughout Scripture have experienced failure. Failure is something we all experience. But how do you overcome failure?
Scripture: James 3:2
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 218
Kelly Durant avatar
Pray Before You Say Or Pay (The Consequences)
Shared by: Kelly Durant on Sep, 2016
Summary: People manipulate opinions with their tongues. Offensive words cause people to get offended and not return to church. People must repent to control the out of control fires they start.as words have consequences.
Denn Guptill avatar
James 3:16
Shared by: Denn Guptill on Aug, 2016
Summary: This was a part of our 3:16 series and this message looks at how we can get to the place that we Agree to Disagree with others.
Series: 3:16
Steve Ely avatar
Game of Thrones - Pt. 3 - MIxture
Shared by: Steve Ely on Aug, 2016
Summary: We talk, sing, and pray using the language of the Kingdom . . . words like Lord, King, and sovereign. However, citizenship in a democracy keeps us from understanding the throne.
Scripture: James 3:10-16
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 157
Mark H. Stevens ThD avatar
Use Your Mouth Wash
Shared by: Mark H. Stevens ThD on Aug, 2016
Summary: Chapter three comes as a warning on the use of the tongue and particular, the use of the gift to teach. James provides a twofold warning: (1) the teacher will be under greater scrutiny from God; and (2) the primary teaching tool is the tongue which must be under the control of the Holy Spirit.
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
The mystery of words--- Is no mystery
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Jul, 2016
Summary: Few ever learn the power that words can carry. Little words can do great harm and bring danger deep in the heart. Pay back or pay forward?
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Scripture: James 3:3-6
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 195
Richard Tow avatar
Seven Keys to Resolving Your Conflict
Shared by: Richard Tow on Feb, 2016
Summary: Pastor Richard uses the Apostle James’ description of godly wisdom as a foundation for ways to resolve relational issues. As a professional mediator, Dr. Tow shares insights gained by conducting hundreds of mediations in families, churches and businesses
Paul Clemente avatar
Wisdom?
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Nov, 2015
Summary: Which type of wisdom is influencing us?
Series: James
Scripture: James 3:13-18
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 616
Paul Clemente avatar
Speaking without thinking
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Nov, 2015
Summary: Not even Christians can control their tongues!
Series: James
Scripture: James 3:1-12
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 233
Douglas Stull avatar
Incredible Power of the Tongue
Shared by: Douglas Stull on Nov, 2015
Summary: James gives four comparisons that define the tongue's destructive power.
Scripture: James 3:8-10
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 225
Stephen Belokur avatar
Who Has Got Your Tongue?
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Oct, 2015
Summary: Controlling the tongue. Why is it so hard? Is the control of the tongue a valid indicator of our spiritual condition? James give us some illustrations that are very useful in defining the ravages of an out of control tongue.
Series: James
Craig Condon avatar
The Devil Made Me Do It!
Shared by: Craig Condon on Sep, 2015
Summary: The devil is part of earthly wisdom, and James contrasts earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. People’s lives reflect the source of their wisdom.
Monty Newton avatar
"Is this thing on?"
Shared by: Monty Newton on Sep, 2015
Summary: When we have the mind of Christ, our words reflect the life of Christ within us.
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Scripture: James 3:1-2
Views: 642
Jeffrey  Sims avatar
Controlling the tiny terror
Shared by: Jeffrey Sims on Sep, 2015
Summary: This sermon makes us aware that our words do harm others and offers insight on how to change our thinking so the things we say will bring up-building to others
Scripture: James 3:2-12
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 286
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
Speak Life / Taming The Tongue
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Sep, 2015
Summary: Abraham Lincoln said, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt." Beloved, you can speak life or death. Tame the tongue...and speak life.
Darrin Fish avatar
What do you look for in a best friend
Shared by: Darrin Fish on Sep, 2015
Summary: Friendship is a very personal relationship. • And by coming to church you can work on those friendships
Scripture: James 3:17-18
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 417
David Henderson avatar
"Taming the Tongue"
Shared by: David Henderson on Aug, 2015
Summary: Let me begin by asking you a question that you will probably prefer not to answer. When was the last time your mouth got you in trouble? Have you ever said something this you wish you had not?
Series: FaithWorks
Scripture: James 3:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 625
Dave McFadden avatar
"Counsel concerning Control of the Tongue"
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Jul, 2015
Summary: James tells us how control of our tongue is an important indicator of our walk of faith.
Scripture: James 3:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 260
Dave McFadden avatar
“Counsel Concerning Wisdom that is True”
Shared by: Dave McFadden on Jul, 2015
Summary: James draws a contrast between true and false wisdom.
Scripture: James 3:13-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 231
Larry Turner avatar
Dad in the Mirror
Shared by: Larry Turner on Jun, 2015
Summary: It seems dads get beat up a lot for failing to be the perfect father. We forget that dads are fallen men like all others. This message is designed to encourage dads and others in their daily walk.
Greg Gordon avatar
The Character of the Holy Spirit
Shared by: Greg Gordon on May, 2015
Summary: But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. - James 3:17 When we think of having the Holy Spirit of God we think sometimes immediately of ..
Jason Bentley avatar
The Tongue is Still the Tongue
Shared by: Jason Bentley on May, 2015
Summary: Has the tongue really changed? Have new avenues of having our voices heard revealed more of who we truly are? How do we contol the uncontrollable tongue?
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Scripture: James 3:1-18
Views: 1,869
Buffy Cook avatar
The Untameable Beast
Shared by: Buffy Cook on Apr, 2015
Summary: "For Dummies" books are a raging success! Why? Full of practical wisdom and simple "How To's" Wouldn't a "Christianity for Dummies," a book full of practical wisdom & simple How Tos on how to live out our faith, be great? James & this series is JUST THAT
Scripture: James 3:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 223
Buffy Cook avatar
The Wise and The Otherwise
Shared by: Buffy Cook on Apr, 2015
Summary: "For Dummies" books are a raging success! Why? Full of practical wisdom and simple "How To's" Wouldn't a "Christianity for Dummies," a book full of practical wisdom & simple How Tos on how to live out our faith, be great? James & this series is JUST THAT
Scripture: James 3:13-18
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 354
Greg Nance avatar
Spiritual Speech Therapy
Shared by: Greg Nance on Mar, 2015
Summary: James tells us a lot about the tongue in chapter 3. What kind of dangerous instrument is this? Look and see.
Series: James
bala samson avatar
Bridle your tongue!
Shared by: bala samson on Mar, 2015
Summary: Friend, allow God to move on your behalf; silence should be the ‘treasure’ that we need to possess!
Scripture: James 3:2
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 389
David Roth avatar
Ashes of Temptation
Shared by: David Roth on Feb, 2015
Summary: Lent I (B) midweek. The source of temptation is our own sinful desires within us. Therefore, we look to Christ who purifies our hearts, to deliver us from temptation.
Rodney Coe avatar
The Real You
Shared by: Rodney Coe on Feb, 2015
Summary: Our tongue is a result of what is really in our heart.
Series: James
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Scripture: James 3:1-12
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,169