Summary: How easy it is for us to fall into lying and gossip and how to avoid them
Well as we finish up this series on the seven things that God don’t like hopefully we have learned a little about ourselves & some ways to avoid falling into the traps of the devil.
Today we will look at the last few things that God don’t like; now these three things are sins that are very easy for us to fall into. Why? I don’t know, but it seems that Lying, giving a false witness, and stirring up conflict is a norm in today’s world.
All you have to do is look around and you’ll see these things in your workplace, homes, schools and churches. And what’s the common denominator for all of these, our tongues, that tiny terror that we try so hard to control but a lot of times fail, let’s look at our text this morning.
James 3:2 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.
Basically if you can keep your tongue in check you should never sin you would be perfect. Why would he say this? Let’s read a little further and I think we can understand a little more about that tiny terror we call the tongue and why it gets us in so much trouble.
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.
Basically the three things we are looking at today those three sins are perpetrated by our tongue, by putting our mouths in gear while our brain is in neutral.
How many of you have ever said something and wish you hadn’t? We all have and that’s what James is talking about, we just can’t seem to tame our tongues
But today we are going to look at these three things God don’t like and then try and find some ways to get that tiny terror we call the tongue in check.
Let’s start with lying, lying is simply not telling the truth, or attempting to deceive. It’s funny that we have categorized lies. We have those little white lies we use so as not to hurt others feelings, (does this dress make me look fat?), tall tales that we use to embellish stories that we tell (Why else would men sit around drinking coffee other than to try and outdo each other), then just an outright bald face lie that we use to do harm to others.