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Summary: ILL:Little boy selling a push lawnmower. Baptist preacher come along and wanted to buy it and asked did it run. "Yes sir", said the boy. The preacher pulled and pulled on the rope and said, "Son, this thing won’t start." The boy said, "That’s ‘cause you ‘

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Tounge Trouble

THE TROUBLE MAKING TONGUE

JAMES 3:1-12

Self control is an awesome thing to behold. This Fruit of the Spirit is the most respected fruit listed in Galations 5:22-24. Perhaps this is because so few of us have obtained it. We respect those who demonstrate it.

ILL:Little boy selling a push lawnmower. Baptist preacher come along and wanted to buy it and asked did it run. "Yes sir", said the boy. The preacher pulled and pulled on the rope and said, "Son, this thing won’t start." The boy said, "That’s ‘cause you ‘gotta’ cuss it." The preacher said, "Son, I’m a Baptist preacher, and I haven’t cussed in 18 years." Boy said, "Keep pulling; it’ll come back to you."

The Problem is that some times old habits "Come Back to You". It Takes Self Control to keep it from coming back. Out text recognizes that.

The heart of this mornings text is the attribute of self control. Lets listen and study God’s word to obtain what we long for.

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 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 , full of ly 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

This morning, I want to take an close look look at this passage. Let’s begin with verse one.

V. 1

James 3:1

1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

The reason for this statement is that many Jews would pursue being a Rabbi for clout it brought them. It made them look good. They were concerned with their position, not the influence they had on those they taught.

For example, a preacher may enjoy the attention he gets as a minister. He may insist on being called “Reverend”. A man with such view of him self shold examine his motives for being in the ministry.

The second part of v1 gives the reason that not many of you should presume to be teachers. Teachers will be judged more strictly. Teachers will incur greater judgment. Because of their influence, the student is at the mercy of the teacher. The teacher will form the students understanding about what he teaches.


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