James 3:1-12

Today’s lesson in Sunday school class is one all of us probably struggle with.  We need to learn to control your tongues and watch your words.  The words you end up saying might end up being hurtful, sometimes it is probably best to just stay quiet. 

Dear friends, today’s Christian life lesson is found in the book of James, Chapter 3, Verses 1 – 12; and let me tell you – I sat down and read the complete book of James this past week – There is some great stuff in there!  I also advise you all to read all the books the Apostle Paul wrote as well: Romans, Acts, Philippians, Ephesians, etc.  Such great things to learn can be found in those books as well!  Remember Philippians 4:13 “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENS ME!”

 

JAMES 3:1-12:

“Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.  Indeed, we all make many mistakes.  For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth, and a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.  In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. 
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.  And the tongue is a flame of fire.  It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body.  It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue.  It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth.  Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!  Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?  Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs?  No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.”

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