Sunday, May 4, 2008

For Evil or Good?

James 1:26, 3:2-12

Your Tongue

1. Nature

what the tongue is compared to in these verses

* Bit * Spark * Rudder

*Wild Animal * Spring * Fruit

- it sets your course
Proverbs 13:3, 11:12

Mother: What is a lie?

Son: It is an abomination to God... but a very present help in time of need. :o)

do you lie? speak to quickly/too much? can people trust you?

* consider the power of your words

it can tear down:

friends, family, homes etc.

it can build up:

heal, calm, encourage etc.

- it reveals your heart
Luke 6:43-45

... out of your heart your mouth speaks...

- it builds and destroys
Proverbs 12:18, 18:21, 25:11

men can inspire millions by their words...

...and destroy them just as easily

the tongue contains poison

it can be our worst enemy

* Our speech is not going to be naturally good - we are not naturally good- it is only through Christ and in submission to Him that he can 'Season' our speech

2. Nurture

We need to have consistency in our speech
Psalm 19:14, Colossians 4:6

it should:

be pleasing to God, build people up, develop wisdom in what we say

-principles that guide our speech

is it:
Helpful- it might not be what they want to hear, but is it helpful?
Inspiring- Proverbs 12:25
Kind- what is my motive?

Think before you speak

James 1:19

Listen, slow to speak-seek to understand, slow to become angry

practice not grumbling

*try to think of all the good things, things that you appreciate about a person that you are angry with - shift your perspective

"It is better to keep you mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt"
- Mark Twain

James 3:2

"he is able... to keep his whole body in check..."

Focus on:

I want my speech to be Godly

1 comment:

Emily said...

Good notes....thanks for sharing....bty, it was great to see you Saturday, even if for a short time :)
Take care!


...sometimes that mountain you've been climbing
is just a grain of sand
and what you've been up there searching for forever
is in your hands
when you figure out love is all that matters after all
it sure makes everything else seem so small...

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