Summary: James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. A careful follower of his belief. This is a religious person. Religion is translated Religion and Worshipping.
The Christian and the Tongue
By Pastor CG
1. The Mark Of Perfection.
(James 1:26 (quickview) 3:1-12; Proverbs 12:18 (quickview) 13:3; 15:4; 18:8, 21; Luke 6:45 (quickview) 1 Peter 3:10 (quickview) Romans 3:13 (quickview) )
A careful follower of his belief. This is a religious person. Religion is translated Religion and Worshipping.
But to cheat; outwit; to be deceived. Means one that is deceived in his own heart. Vain is Translated vain and vanity.
Pure and undefiled religion is twofold:
2. Keep self unspotted from the world. True religion consists of universal benevolence and purity of heart and life (Matthew 5:16 (quickview) ,44; 2 Cor. 9:8; Col. 1:10; 1 Tim. 1:5; Titus 2:7 (quickview) ,14; Titus 3:1 (quickview) ,8; Hebrews 12:14 (quickview) James 1:27 (quickview) James 3:13 (quickview) ,17; 1 Peter 2:12 (quickview) 1 John 3:17 (quickview) )
a [A wholesome tongue] A gentle tongue speaks truth and life, but a piercing tongue kills the soul.
b[tree of life]
The Tree of Lives
Tree of lives, because it produces constant and eternal life (Proverbs 15:4 (quickview) Proverbs 3:18 (quickview) Proverbs 11:30 (quickview) Proverbs 13:12 (quickview) Genesis 2:9 (quickview) Genesis 3:24 (quickview) Rev. 2:7; Rev. 22:2,14). In these passages a literal tree of life is meant.
Sixteen Sources of Life:
1.The tree of life (see above)
11.The savor of life (2 Cor. 2:16)
13.The promise of life (2 Tim. 1:1)
16.The water of life (Rev. 22:1; Rev. 22:17)
Four Figurative Trees of Life:
Death and life are greatly determined by the power of the tongue, and he who uses this power rightly shall live because of it (1 Peter 3:10-11 (quickview) ). Five examples of death by the tongue: