Sunday Morning 2/27/2011

Posted by Sherry


JAMES 3:2-18

CBC 2/27/11 SM

I love you/ur important 2 me/thank U so much/how can I repay U?/ U really look nice/ I like ur new hair do/ great job/ this place wouldn’t be the same w/out U/ i’m proud of U/ U R irreplaceable/ will U marry me?/ we’re having a baby...

  • I hate U/ U disgust me/ I wish U had never been born/ I wish U were dead/ U make me sick/ I want a divorce/ nobody cares about U/ i’ll never speak 2 U again...
  • words shape & define our life
  • words reveal the faith we have in our life

ILL: Mark 11 Jesus finds a fig tree w/ no figs/He said, “may no one ever eat fruit from U/ later it withered and died

  • He spoke TO the tree not AT the tree
    • wisdom one of my pastor’s gave me about preaching, “Preach TO the people, not AT them. Make it personal”

2For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.

3If we set bits in the horses' mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about.

4Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

5Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!

6And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man's nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).

7For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature).

8But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.

9With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God's likeness!

10Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.

11Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter?

12Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can a salt spring furnish fresh water.

13Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.

14But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.

15This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal).

16For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.

17But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).

18And the harvest of righteousness (of conformity to God's will in thought and deed) is [the fruit of the seed] sown in peace by those who work for and make peace [in themselves and in others, that peace which means concord, agreement, and harmony between individuals, with undisturbedness, in a peaceful mind free from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts].


  • Bit & Rudder
    • bit in horses’ mouth turns the “whole” horse & rudder controls “whole” ship
    • how does our “tongue” (10cm [4 inches] long, turn (affect), the “whole” person?
    • What’s our ultimate “direction”
      • great commission
      • use tongue 4 that
      • hypocritical tongue can do lasting damage to that effort


  • devastating as a physical blow
    • TRUE or FALSE: “sticks & stones may brake my bones but words will never hurt me”
    • destructive words spoken can never be taken back
    • James instructs:
      • quick to hear
      • slow to speak
      • slow to anger
  • WARNING: the tongue is in a “wet” place and can easily slip

ILL: woman in Indian village/ gossiped about another lady/ found out she was wrong/ went to village wise man/ asked how she could take back all the wrong information she had spread/ wise man said go home, kill and pluck a chicken/ come back and see him and spread all the feathers on the way from her house to his/ she got there & he told her to go back home & pick up all the feathers/ she said she couldn’t b/c wind had scattered them beyond recovery/ just like your words, he said.


Explain this: “What’s in the well will come out in the water”

Luke 6: 45The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.


  • refresh
  • revive
  • encourage (GR one who puts courage IN the heart of another)
  • instruct
  • counsel
  • forgive


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