James 3: The Vile Tongue


So, it’s funny – when I post directly out of the Bible, I get very little response and far less activity on the website.  Sure, we could chalk it up to the day of the week or happenstance, but I find it interesting.  My life is lived solely based on scripture.  I live day to day with the Word of God in mind, and I pray that you all would to.  It’s vitally important that we learn to accept God’s Word as truth and our standard for living.  Here is another amazing example of how to live day to day from the book of James.

In chapter 3, verse 3, James, the brother of Jesus begins to speak about the tongue.  He likens it to the rudder of a ship which is so small in stature ,yet steers a great vessel.  Or he compares it to a great forest fire that is caused by a small spark.  Although the tongue is a small part of our body, it can do the most damage.  How often do we find ourselves in situations with our foots so far into our mouths that we could walk out of our butts?  I have said some things that I regret, I can’t take them back, but I wish I never did.  And that’s the crux of the whole thing; whatever you speak you can never take back.  Once it is out there in the air waves, it’s there for good.  Never say anything you wouldn’t want proudly quoted.

James 3

Taming the Tongue

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Two Kinds of Wisdom

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

 

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  1. Vanessa says:

    Love this! We are often so quick to respond that we live to regret it. A friend of mine from our small groups told me about this book called Hung by the Tongue. Great little read.

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