Summary: The power of the tongue can destroy ministries
James 3: 1-12
The Power of the Tongue : 1-2, 5-6
The Problem of Control of the Tongue 3-4, 7-8
The Positive and Negative Actions of the Tongue 9-12
a)The Power of the Tongue : Jas. 1-2, 5-6
It can destroy ministry
1 Tim 3:2 - the elder
1 Tim 3:12 - the elder’s wife.
A woman’s tongue can also destroy his ministry!!
Prov. 27.15 A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day, restraining her is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand. CAN ALSO APPLY TO US MEN!!
James 3:5 Consider what a forest is set on fire by a spark.
Point to ponder: It is the little things we say that often cause the fire.
Song of Songs: 2.15: Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vinyards, our vinyards that are in bloom.
Judges 15: 3-5 Samson fastened torches of fire to foxes tails burning ...vinyards of the philistines.
Vineyard = Church = Kingdom of God - Matt.21:33-44.
Fire: Nothing can be restored after it has been burnt by fire.
What we say can cause irredeemable loss.
b) The Problem of Control of the Tongue. Jas. 3-4, 7-8
Prov. 17:27. A man of knowledge uses words with restraint and a man of understanding is even tempered.
Col.4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so you may know how to answer everyone
Tit 2:8 ... soundness of speech
Prov. 4:24 ...keep corrupt talk from your lips
Matt 15.11 "What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean. But what comes out of his mouth makes him unclean.
Moderation in what we say
Keep good conversation on your lips /refuse malicious gossip
control of the tongue mirrors your life.
2 Tim 2:3 We are to avoid those who are...boastful =arrogant
2 Tim 2:5 Those who have a form of godliness but deny its power
Opposite to the Fruit of the Spirit: Gal. 5:20 - dissentions
c)The Positive and Negative Actions of the Tongue. Jas. 9-12
Tongue destroy easily:
Fine line between
a) constructive critism. Matt. 18:15-18 and
b) destructive criticism. Matt. 7:1-5
Rule controlling criticism:
i) Is it true
ii) Is it necessary? and
iii) Is it kind i.e is your correction born of love or control or one upmanship.