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The Tongue. James 1 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Did you hear….. Now don’t tell anyone…. The Tongue. James 3

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The Tongue

James 1

26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

Did you hear…..

Now don’t tell anyone…


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The Tongue

James 3

2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

3 Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.

4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!


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The Tongue

James 3

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.

8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.


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Sins of the Tongue

  • Lying, Deception – Eph. 4:25-27

  • Cursing, Evil Speaking - Eph. 4:29-31; Jas. 3:9; 4:11

  • Filthy Talk – Eph. 5:4

  • Slander, Rumor, Gossip – 2 Cor. 12:20

  • Boasting – 2 Tim. 3:1-5

  • Blaspheming, Backbiting, Whispering – Rom. 1:29-30


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Tongue Used For Evil

  • Tempting To Sin – Gen. 3:1-4

  • Trying To Escape Guilt – Gen. 3:12

  • To Avoid Consequences of Sin – Gen. 4:9

  • To Steal Kingdom – 2 Sam. 15:1-6

  • For Revenge – Esther 3:8-9

  • Boasting – Dan. 4:30

  • False Accusations – Mt. 26:61

  • To Deny Christ – Mt. 26:74

  • To Destroy A Good Reputation – Gal. 4:16


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Think Before Speaking

  • Is It The Truth? Can I Prove It?

  • Am I Trying To Help Someone?

  • What Is My Purpose For Speaking?

  • Am I Trying To Bring One Closer To Christ?

  • Is This Encouraging?

  • Does It Need To Be Said?

  • Will Souls Be Strengthened or Weakened?

  • How Will This Affect the Lord’s Church?


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