“Tongue Twisted!”

 (James 3:1-12)

 There’s POWER in the tongue. (Rev. 12:11)

  1. The POWER of the tongue, used for Good:
    1. Used to confess Jesus Christ as Lord (Phil. 2:11)
    2. Used to glorify and serve God (Psalm 35:28)
    3. Used to assert righteousness (Job 6:30)
    4. Used to praise the Lord (Psalm 51:14)
    5. Used to heal (Prov. 12:18)
    6. Used to reveal Joy (Psalm 126:2)
    7. Used to preach the Word (Psalm 119:172)
    8. Used to gain knowledge (Prov. 15:2)
    9. Used to show kindness (Prov. 31:26)
    10. Used to reveal the fruits of the Spirit! (Gal.5:16-26)
  2. The POWER of the tongue, used for bad:
    1. Used for lying (Psalm 78:36)
    2. Used for flattery (Psalm 5:9)
    3. Used for perverseness (Prov. 10:31)
    4. Used for wickedness (Isaiah 59:3)
    5. Used to ridicule, (laugh at) (Isaiah 57:4)
    6. Used to slander (Psalm 15:3)
    7. Used for deceitfulness (Psalm 50:19)
    8. Used for insolence, (to disrespect) (Psalm 12:3)
    9. Used to create strife, (conflict) (Psalm 31:20)
    10. Used to find mischief (Psalm 10:7)
  3. How do/will you use your tongue? (James 3:10)

 

Questions for Transformation

Warren Weirsbe uses this outline in his commentary of this text. Think through each part and evaluate your own use of your tongue.

Power to Direct. The teacher, bit, and rudder. (James 3:1-4)

Power to Destroy. The fire, and the animal. (James 3:5-8)

Power to Delight. The fountain, and the tree. (James 3:9-12)

Write observations about your use of the tongue.

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What good are you doing with your tongue?

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What bad are you doing with your tongue?

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