On average each one of us will speak 16,000 words today. That’s a lot of words.
In James 3:2-5, the Holy Spirit tells us the unvarnished truth.
For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
Why should we even care? Because our tongues can set our entire lives on fire.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. (James 3:5-6)
The problem? Your tongue cannot be tamed.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:7-8)
So what are we to do? This sermon explores the divine help revealed in James 3 for our untameable tongues. It was delivered on September 18, 2016.