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Summary: You can train your tongue to work God’s way. Let’s look into the Word of God and see how.

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New Habits for a New Year

Part 3: Training Your Tongue to Work God’s Way

Ephesians 4:25-32

Sermon by Rick Crandall

McClendon Baptist Church - Feb. 1, 2009

*Power Point Introduction:

SLIDE 1 (Phrases in sequence): “Got a problem with your tongue?” “You don’t think so?” “Are you sure?”

SLIDE 2 (Phrases in sequence): “It wasn’t me!” “That’s not mine.” “I’m going to be working late tonight.” “Did you hear about?” “Don’t repeat this, but.” “I probably shouldn’t say this, but.” “I’m feeling under the weather today so I won’t be in to work.” “I hate you!” “Shut up!” “Can’t you do anything right?” “The check’s in the mail.” “Don’t tell my mom.” “I can’t stand them.” “You idiot.”

SLIDE 3: “I don’t have a problem with my tongue.”

*But we do have problems with our tongues. We have all kinds of problems with our tongues, but Christians, we can do better. By God’s grace we can start new habits in our speech. You can train your tongue to work God’s way. Let’s look into the Word of God and see how.

1. First: Establish credibility with an honest tongue.

*God wants us to have honest tongues. We see this in vs. 25: “Therefore, putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.”

-Don’t lie. It’s one of the Ten Commandments.

-And it’s one of the first ones we break. “He hit me first!” “She started it!” “I didn’t break it.”

*Gary Huckaby tells about the time he caught his little girl, Nikki, eating jelly out of the jelly jar. She was about 3 or 4 years old at the time. And Dad asked her, “Nikki, are you eating out of the jelly jar?” “No sir,” she answered.

*“Are you sure you are not eating out of the jelly jar?” (Church, she had jelly all over her face, on her fingers, and in her hair!) -- But again she said, “No sir, I’m not eating jelly out of the jar.” (1)

*We learn to lie at a very young age. But it turns out that dishonesty is a very serious problem, and not just because it breaks one of the Ten Commandments. -Dishonesty is a serious problem, because all relationships are built on trust, and trust cannot be built on a lie. Therefore, (Christians) putting away lying, each one speak truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one Body. Establish credibility with an honest tongue.

2. And eliminate the trash.

*This is the 2nd thing to do: eliminate the trash talk. Take out the trash.

-As we see in vs. 29: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” That word “corrupt” means worthless and rotten.

*Then, vs. 31 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”

-The “evil speaking” there is where we get our word “blasphemy.”

-It’s evil speaking, slander, abusive language that hurts people and God.

*God says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.” “Let all evil speaking be put away from you.” Take out the trash -- like cussing. How long has it been since you said a cuss word?


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