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Summary: Far too often, the tongue gives Christians the most troubles in following Christ.

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Tongue Troubles

James 3:1-12

July 17, 2005

Morning Service

Introduction

Three preachers, from the same town but different churches, went out on a fishing trip together and as they got out into the middle of the lake they started to confess their sins to one another. The first preacher started talking. “You know what my big sin is? My big sin is drinking. I go once a month into a neighboring town where nobody knows me and I get drunk. I know that it is wrong but I still do it.”

The second preacher stated taking. “My big sin is gambling. I went to Las Vegas last year and lost a large sum of money.” The third preacher started talking. “ Guys I guess that I should have gone first.” The other two preachers looked puzzled and asked why. “My big sin is gossiping.”

Now I do not condone this story’s premise but it does get to the heart of a serious problem in a lot of churches today - gossip. I think that before we can look at a problem we need to first identify it.

What exactly is gossip?

Webster defines gossip in two ways both as a noun and as a verb. As a noun, a gossip is a person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts. As a verb, gossip is a rumor or report of an intimate nature.

It could be said that gossip is nothing more than spreading supposed facts about another person in a sensational way. Nothing more than airing someone else’s dirty laundry to gain attention for themselves.

The sad reality of the matter is this: a gossip is a person who will talk about others with you and then talks to others about you.

I believe the best definition of gossip that I have found is this: gossip is saying something, even if it is true, with the intent to cause personal harm. By that definition we are all guilty.

• The family member that is considered to be a dead beat

• Co-worker is just plain lazy

• Person at church just gets on my nerves

This morning we are going to look at some scriptural principles for using our words. Open your bibles to the book of James 3:1-12.

1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 3 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 person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8 but no man 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 men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:1-12


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