Communication Within the Family – James 3:1-12
James 1:19 (NASB) 19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;
James 1:26 (NASB) 26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
James 2:12 (NASB) 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
James 4:11 (NASB) 11 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it.
James 5:12 (NASB) 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.
I. THE NEGATIVE WARNING OF USING OUR TONGUES IN TEACHNING
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
1 Peter 4:10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Hebrews 5:12-14 (NASB) 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
a. Teachers receive a stricter judgment
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Romans 14:12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.
- The teacher presents God’s word, not his opinion
2 Timothy 4:2-5 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, (4) and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (5) But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
2. To whom much is given, much is expected
3. Teachers are to use their tongues wisely
b. We are prone to sin in our speech
II. EXAMPLES OF THE DANGERS OF NOT CONTROLLING THE TONGUE
III. THE UNCONTROLLABLE NATURE OF THE TONGUE
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
IV. THE INCONSISTENCY OF THE TONGUE
Psalms 141:3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
When I try, I fail.
When I trust He succeeds.