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The Taming of the Tongue

Scripture Passage: 
James 3:1-5
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INTRODUCTION:  The tongue is an unruly evil.  To bridle the tongue is to accomplish a great thing.  If only we could only surrender our tongue to glorify God.

  1. The Importance of the Tongue (James 3:1-5)
    1. In Our Responsibility to God (James 3:1)
    2. In Our Relationship to Others (James 3:2)
    3. In our Rule Over Self (James 3:3-5)
      1. As the bit in a horses mouth (James 3:3)
      2. As the rudder of a great ship (James 3:4)
      3. So the tongue in man (James 3:5)
  2. The Iniquity of the Tongue (James 3:6-8; Proverbs 6:16-19; Romans 3:13-14)
    1. Set on Fire and Setting on Fire (James 3:6)
    2. Defiling the Whole Body (James 3:6)
    3. Refusing to Be Tamed (James 3:7-8; Colossians 3:6-9; Philippians 4:2)
  3. The Inequity of the Tongue (James 3:9-12; 1:26)
    1. In Proclaiming Both Blessings and Curses (James 3:9-10)
    2. In Producing Both Sweet and Bitter (James 3:11-12)
      1. the hypocrisy of Southern culture
  4. The Improvement of the Tongue (James 3:13-18; Ephesians 4:25-32)
    1. The Wisdom of a Tamed Tongue (James 3:13)
      1. A good conversation
      2. With meekness (Colossians 4:6)
    2. The Wisdom of this Wicked World (James 3:14-16)
      1. Strife in your hearts (James 3:14; 1 Corinthians 3:3)
      2. Earthly, sensual, devilish (James 3:15)
      3. Confusion and every evil work (James 3:16)
    3. The Wisdom of a Heavenly Heart (James 3:17-18)
      1. The character of this tongue (James 3:17)
      2. The fruit of this tongue (James 3:18 ; Acts 4:31)

CONCLUSION: Offer your tongue on God's altar today.

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 30:24

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: