The James Series – Pt 3 – “Pierce Your Tongue”September 20, 2020
The Two Big Questions; what does it mean to be a mature follower of Christ and how do we become one?
T): Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.
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James 3:2-6 (NLT); Indeed, we all make many . For if we could control our , we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large go wherever we want by means of a small in its mouth. And a small makes a huge turn wherever the chooses to go, even though the are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes speeches. But a tiny can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a of fire. It is a whole world of , corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole on fire, for it is set on fire by itself.
You must pierce you tongue . My Friend pierced her tongue. sliced his tongue. One was a and one was an
James 3:7-8 (NLT); People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but one can the tongue. It is and evil, full of deadly poison.
“Better to remain and be thought a ; than to and to all .” President Abraham Lincoln
Job 40:4 (NLT); “I am -how could I ever find the ? I will cover my mouth with my hand.
How often to you talk to God? How often do you listen to God?
James 3:9, 10 (NLT); Sometimes it our Lord and Father, and sometimes it those who have been made in the of God. And so and come pouring out of the mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is right!
Are we blessing others; than we are cursing them?
Christian maturity realizes that in general; we should to give our opinion until it’s for.
James 3:11-14 (NLT); Does a spring of water bubble out with both water and water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. If you are and understand God’s ways, it by living an life, doing good works with the that comes from . But if you are bitterly and there is ambition in your heart, don’t up the truth with and .
Communication; both verbal and non-verbal, are never neutral. We communicate with our words and our actions.
James 3:15-16 (NLT); For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, , and . For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find and evil of every kind.
Simply put; mature Christ-followers are not; , they are .
Mature Christ-followers their tongues and learn the of being and or before and before , as by the Holy Spirit.
); But the wisdom from above is first of all . It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to to others. It is full of mercy and deeds. It shows no and is always And those who are will plant seeds of peace and a harvest of .
“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Take in the spiritual of others. Seek to offer God’s to others.
Do you need to pierce your tongue today? Is what comes out of your mouth, to God?