Summary: The ability to speak is a wonderful thing, But how we use that ability can often make a tremendous difference in both our own life and the lives of others.
I don’t know how many of you have heard about this this week
• Don Imus made a comment that has stirred up the media, and everyone from Hillary Clinton to Oprah Winfrey .
• What was happening was the Rutgers women’s basketball team had just lost the NCAA championship game.
• And Imus was saying how ugly the girls on this team were
• I think they were playing Kentucy and He said how good looking their girls were
• But he made the comment that the Rutgers women’s basketball team were"nappy-headed hos"
• Imus, 66, had a long history of inflammatory remarks.
• But something struck a raw nerve when he targeted the Rutgers team - which includes a class valedictorian, a future lawyer and a musical prodigy
• Imus was initially suspended for two weeks
• But outrage kept growing and advertisers kept droping their accounts
• From his CBS radio show and its MSNBC simulcast, which was canceled Wednesday.
• Even though He issued repeated apologies as protests intensified it wasn’t enough
• Imus, who was once named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America by Time magazine
• Imus who was a member of the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame,
• Was fired Thursday by CBS
• A stunning end for one of the nation’s most prominent broadcasters.
James 3:1-12 - “Bite Your Tongue”How our speech can get us in trouble and Why
The ability to speak is a wonderful thing,
• But how we use that ability can often make a tremendous difference in both our own life and the lives of others.
• Everywhere we turn in life there are voices.
• Some are voices of encouragement, some are voices of destruction
• Some are words of love and compassion,
• Some are words of hate.
• Words are a powerful force
• And the influence that our words Shows us
• Is that we need to be careful with what we say and how we say it.
Read James 3:1-12
The Words we use reveal what is really in our heart.
• Words are a perfect indicator of our true character.
• The words we speak, the things we talk about, and the manner in which we say them
• Show what kind of person we are to everyone around us
• When you think of it this way,
• What we say and how we say it are incredibly important.
Our problem is that we don’t always control our words.
• Our manner of speech often comes back to haunt us.
• How many times do we show symptoms of “hoof and mouth disease”?
• I can’t tell you how many times that I have opened my mount and inserted my foot,
• And I know as soon as I do it I shouldn’t have
• And I also know that most of you have done the same thing.
After reading these verses one idea jumps out at me.
• Verse 2. States the obvious
• That everybody stumbles. We all make mistakes.
• The Christian life isn’t about not falling down anymore,
• It is about understanding that there is a reason to get back up.
• Notice James doesn’t point a finger at the offenders without including himself:
• We all stumble in many ways.
• Nothing seems to trip a believer more than a dangling tongue.
• If a believer is never at fault in what he says then he’s perfect,
• He is fulfilled, He’s matured, He’s a complete person
• He is able to “bridle” his whole body.
• Spiritual maturity requires a tamed tongue.
The tongue may be small but it is influential.
• Three illustrations James uses make this point clear
• The bit and the horse, / the rudder and the ship, / and the spark and the forest.
• The argument is clear.
• With the first two / the bit and the rudder /
• Both must be under the control of a strong hand.
• The expert horseman keeps the power of the steed under control,
• And the experienced pilot steers the ship through the storm.
After looking at these 2 James
• Now compares the tongue to a spark which can set a forest on fire.
• James is not speaking of the tongue as a source of language.
• He is thinking of the tongue as something corrupted by the fall.
• Many, if not all, sins begin with a word.
• It may be spoken outwardly or silently ‘spoken’within
We also see that the tongue is hard to tame.
• James compares the ability to tame animals with the inability to tame the tongue.
• We can master wild beasts Lions, Tigers, Bears (O My)