Under Construction – Taming the Tongue-2

The Tongue is a FireUnder Construction-Taming the Tongue – part 2

Under Construction – Taming the Tongue Part 2

What do we know about James?

  • Jesus’ brother
  • Became a believer probably after resurrection
  • Became head of the church in Jerusalem

The Book of James gives us a clear picture of what a mature Christian is to look like

  • James 1 – To persevere and be patient in trials and troubles
  • James 2 – Practicing true religion
  • James 3 – The power of the tongue and how to and not to use it

James 3:1

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly

James 3:3-4

”When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 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.

1. The tongue has the power to direct

Here is a very important thing we need to understand on how God created us

  • Made in God’s image
  • The power of speech
  • Freedom of choice
  • God’s authority

Luke 9:1-2

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick

Luke 10:19 tells us that

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you

God’s people have authority

  • Our words influence
  • Our words impact

James 3:5-6

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. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.


2. The tongue has the power to destroy

What do we know about fire?

  • It is incredibly useful
  • It is incredibly destructive

James 3:7-8

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison

Fire and animals can both be wild and out of control

James 3:9-12

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water

3. The tongue has the power to refresh

As growing mature believers we can bring

  • Nourishment
  • Refreshment
  • Hope
  • Peace

James 3:8

“but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison”

James 1:18

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry


Mature believers are…

  • Quick to listen
  • Slow to speak
  • Slow to anger


James 1:26

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Better to remain Silent


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