The Test of Faith - Watch Your Words, Part 2
Passage: James 3:5–3:8
James introduced this weighty passage with the words, “My brethren” (3:1). He repeats this term again in verse 11. It communicates James’ affection and love for the original recipients. It is a term of endearment and love.
Though this passage about our words and speech is convicting, they are spoken out of love. God’s love is displayed in His concern and instruction to you about what you say. The words we say ought to be connected to love. Love for God and one another is to be the spring from which our words flow.
1A. THE INSIGHT ABOUT THE TONGUE (3:1-2)
2A. THE ILLUSTRATION ABOUT THE TONGUE (3:3-4)
1B. Bits in horse’s mouths, verse 3.
2B. A very small rudder on large ships, verse 4.
3A. THE IDENTITY OF THE TONGUE (3:5-8)
1B. Selfish, verse 5a.
2B. Destructive, verses 5b-6.
3B. Untamable, verses 7-8.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14