These are my notes from a sermon by pastor Bil Gebhardt.
From the series of sermons from James 3:1-12.
- Your tongue is you. It reveals who you really are.
- “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” -Solomon
Recognize we are going to be held accountable for what we say.
- Our primary role as teachers is to speak the truth, not our opinion.
- Those who teach will be judged even more.
- Through our words we can affect what others believe. Therefore we become responsible for those we teach.
If we can control our tongue, we can control our life.
- Even large horses are controlled by a small bit in their mouths. In the same way, a small rudder controls a huge ship. Our tongue seems so small, but we need to control it instead of having it control us.
- “Take control of what I say. Oh Lord, guard my lips.” Psalm 141:3
- “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1
We must realize that speech has an incredible, destructive power.
- We don’t get to take our words back. Gossip is destructive.
- We remember bad things said to us even from a long time ago.
- Our enemy wants to ruin our lives. He does it best by using our tongue.
- Even the smallest spark can cause a huge, destructive fire.
The tongue is humanly untameable.
- We can’t tame it alone, we need God’s help. Only He can tame our tongues.
- We can tame all kinds of animals, but we can’t even tame our own tongues.
The tongue has an incredible capacity for hypocrisy.
- Our mouths speak both blessings and curses.
- We shouldn’t talk one way but act another.
- The mouth reveals our hearts.
- “Does a spring of water bubble out both freshwater and bitter water? (James 3:11)
If a person can’t go without a drink for a day, they are an alcoholic. In the same way, if we can’t resist speaking ill for a day, we are verbal addicts.
Because taming the tongue is so hard, we must stop all attempts at self-control and change our hearts by living for Christ.
We should want our tongues to glorify God.
Can you go 24 hours without saying one unkind word to or about someone?