Summary: Having learned about having a wholly devoted mind and heart, we now address what it means to have a wholly devoted tongue.

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A. If your tongue has ever gotten you into trouble, then please raise your hand.

1. Turn to your neighbor and say, “I’m not surprised!”

2. We are not surprised, because it happens to all of us.

3. All of us have had the experience of saying something, and then wishing we had not said it!

B. I remember arriving at church during my ministry in El Dorado, Arkansas many years ago.

1. I walked into the kitchen and saw my friend and brother in Christ standing there with an unusual expression on his face.

2. Not thinking…(that’s a key)…I said, “What’s with the funny expression on your face?”

3. He said, “I have Bells Palsy – half of my face is temporarily paralyzed.

4. I felt terrible for his condition and that he had to put up with an idiot like me!

C. I also remember a time when I was guest preaching at a church in California.

1. We arrived early and one of the first men I met was a super friendly man.

2. He said, “My name is Bob, but I spell it different from other Bobs.”

3. I don’t know what came over me or where this came from, but I quickly blurted out, “Do you spell your name with 2 ‘O’s?”

4. Dejectedly, he said, “No, I spell my name backwards” and he walked away.

5. When I think about it now, I feel terrible, but at the time I mostly felt proud of my quick wit – how foolish I can be!

D. Oh, how our tongues get us into trouble!

1. If my mother said it once, she said it a thousand times, “THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK!”

2. Every day, you and I speak thousands of words.

3. That is a lot of opportunity for us to say the wrong thing, am I right about it?

4. Someone once wisely said, “A closed mouth gathers no foot.”

E. Today, we continue our sermon series “Wholly Devoted – Serving God with All We Are and Have.”

1. So far we have considered how to have a wholly devoted mind and heart, and now we turn our attention to having a wholly devoted tongue.

2. As you might expect, the Bible has a lot to say about the proper use of our tongue and our words.

3. The words “tongue, mouth and lips” appear hundreds of times in the Bible.

4. Some of the times those words are used they don’t have anything to do with our speech and the things we say, but most of the time they do.

5. Today, we want to explore why it’s important to have a wholly devoted tongue and how to bring our tongue under control so that it can be wholly devoted to God.

F. The two biblical books that talk a lot about the tongue are Proverbs and James. Here are some of my favorite verses from Proverbs about the tongue:

1. When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. (Prov. 10:19)

2. He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin. (Prov. 13:3)

3. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Prov. 18:21)

4. Aren’t those great verses? They are full of so much truth.

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