Power of the Tongue- (Study of James- 16)
In all history, within everything that is great in power, the tongue is seen time and time again to have great power. It can have the power to kill and the power to save. How great is the tongue? It’s so great, but so small; it can move a nation to be rich or to be poor. By the tongue, Germany became a country that killed Jews, and by the tongue, Germany became free. By the tongue, a judge can send you free, or have you put to death. By the tongue, God sets the free, and God sends to Hell those who rejected him. The tongue is a sword that cut’s deep. Time and time again, someone is made fun of by the tongue, and they kill their self, because the tongue was used. The power of the tongue is good and evil. We must use it for good, as we walk with Christ.
“When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 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. 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. 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.” James 3:3-6
I used to say ungodly things with my tongue, but I stopped and I asked God to lead and help me stop. I still see Christian’s saying ungodly things. When I tell them that they need to stop, they call me a false teacher and that, their saved by faith, but according to the bible, you’re saved by hearing the word and acting on it, Jesus said in Matthew 7
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:21-24)
Not saying that if you say bad word, you’re going to Hell and have no way out. Each day we need to make it out goal not to sin. To be holy, for God is holy.
Also, how can someone say one thing and do another? That is hypercritical to do. We can’t be living two lives. We must then, walk our talk, so watch out what is coming out of your mouth, your tongue is a sword, remember that.
“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3:7-12)
Have few questions, which I want you to answer to yourself and to God.
- What is your tongue doing?
- How are you using your tongue? When your tongue speaks evil, means that you are more evil then good.
- Are you follower of Christ, or devil? Your tongue will speak what your life lives.
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