WATCH YOUR MOUTH!
Faith FORWARD >> — Message #5
Pastor Chuck Hill - Trinity Fellowship Church
Sunday, September 9, 2018
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. -- James 3:1-12 (NIV)
1. YOUR MOUTH HAS THE POWER TO DIRECT YOUR LIFE.
2. YOUR MOUTH HAS THE POWER TO DESTROY THE LIVES OF OTHERS.
“The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” — Proverbs 15:4
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” — Proverbs 18:21
“Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” — Psalm 141:3
3. YOUR MOUTH HAS THE POWER TO DISPLAY YOUR FAITH.
“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” — Luke 6:45
Be wise. Guard your mouth! Speak only those things that will honor God and bless others. And put the wise advice your mother gave you into practice: “If you don’t have something nice to say — then don’t say anything at all!”