The Power Of Words

Wisdom Learns The Power Of Words

Proverbs 15-17

A word is a sound that comes out of our mouth that expresses an idea and is therefore a component of speech.

We can have a conversation with someone when we string words together.

Today here in America today it is our freedom of speech that has come under fire.

The word freedom means a person or a group to be and to do what they want instead of being controlled by others.

There are many today that say people do not have the right to say things that may hurt others feelings or say things that others do not agree with.

The Freedom of Speech Clause of the First Amendment is one of the most valuable and precious rights guaranteed to Americans in the United States Constitution. At the same time, it is one of the most abused rights by Americans.

The Freedom of Speech Clause of the 1st Amendment reads like this:

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.”

The reason for all the controversy today over the freedom of speech is that words have power!

The truth is, no worldly conversation between two people have as much power as the Word of God!

Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

This is the truth of the Word of God!

What is the truth of our own words?

Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

This true because our words can cause injury to others!

God expects us to think before we speak and to only speak the truth!

Pro 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
Pro 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

Remember those that are wise are those that know and love the Lord Jesus Christ!

Let’s begin chapter 15 at verse 1:

*****Pro 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

The very first thing we notice is that an answer should always be given, if that speech has injured us we should not wrap ourselves up in silence but we also see that the answer should be gentle.

That word soft means tender, gentle or mild.

We all how hard this is to do at times but this is still the Word of God and Jesus said “those that love Me will keep my commandments”.

That word “grievous” means just the opposite, afflictive, painful, and hard to bear!

Those that are wise in the Lord will use their knowledge the way it was intended, for the glory of the Lord.

*****Pro 15:2 The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

That word “aright” means that there is a right time and a right place for everything we do and if a soft answer will turn a tense moment into something more pleasant, then that should be our goal!

The truth is, it is very hard to argue in a whisper and very hard to argue with someone who continues to speak softly.

Why did crowds gather around the Lord Jesus?

Luk 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

That word “gracious” means that Jesus spoke in favorable words whenever He was around people and we know that His enemies were always present.

Why did Jesus speak this way, because that’s just what God does.

The Lord is always ready to pardon.

The Lord is always ready to be merciful.

The Lord will always show great kindness.

The Lord is always slow to anger.

Neh 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: “but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not”.

The Lord expects us to be like Him as best we can!

If we cannot be like the Lord then we are more like the fool!

And the mouth of the fool pours out foolishness!

Foolishness is a lack of understanding the truth!

Those that are foolish are all those that do not realize that God is aware of everything that goes on in His created world!

*****Pro 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

The omnipresence of the Lord means that He is in every place at the same time. God has a universal presence!

The omniscience of the Lord means that He knows all things at once. God has universal knowledge, unbounded and infinite!

Jer 23:23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

God hears everything that comes out of our mouths and this should encourage us all to speak pleasant and gracious words just as Jesus did.

*****Pro 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

That word “wholesome” means something that promotes good health.

Wholesome advice contributes to good health.

Wholesome answers are kind and pleasing to those that ask.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, because the words that come from such a person bring healing and is soothing, and comforting to that one who hears it.

Jesus said:

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

The truth is, that a sick soul can be cured by the healing Word of God!

Perverseness comes from those that pervert the truth and is only falsehood and lies.

Falsehood and lies will only break a man’s spirit in the end because no healing can come from lies!

Falsehood is anything that goes against the Word of God!

Those who bring falsehood are corrupt in their doctrine and defiled in their own soul!

*****Pro 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

The English word “Hell” comes from the Hebrew word “Sheol” and is the world of the dead.

The English word “destruction” is translated from the Hebrew word “abaddon”.

In the Book of Revelation we find this verse:

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

To some this Abaddon is located in the lowest depth of Hell, the “abyss”.

Rev 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

This the same place that all those will go who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as there Savior!

Luk 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Why would anyone one to go there?

Why would anyone even take the chance that they might end up in that awful place?

Hell is a real place!

Even in Hell one cannot escape the watchful eyes of the Lord who will make sure that the punishment will suit the crime.

Job said:

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Even the deepest depth of the bottomless pit, is no secret to the God who created this place for Satan, The Devil!

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

Hell is a real place!

The Devil, Satan is a real person!

There were a third of the angels of Heaven that departed with Satan.

These are all real things and if you end up in Hell you will be a stranger or an alien, who was very foolish when God gave you the opportunity to miss out on this awful place!

*****Pro 15:22 Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

The truth is, that sin is a strangely deceiving influence over those caught in the Satan’s snares!

It seems that most of us are always involved in things where we need advice.

There are also those caught up in special circumstances and in need of someone to rescue them.

A purpose is something that we set before us as an object to be reached.

In fact, the Bible teaches us that we all have a specific purpose given to us from our Creator.

Even Jesus Christ came to this earth for a purpose!

1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Even Jesus Christ did not come without counsel!

Joh 6:40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

This same counsellor of the Lord Jesus Christ must then be our counsellor and it is He who gave us our own purpose!

Pro 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

If we try to make it through this life without the Lord we are doomed to failure!

And if we can be around others that were also counselled by the Lord then we all can be established.

2Co 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

To be established is to be founded on the Word of God, and then comes unspeakable joy!

1Pe 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

*****Pro 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Our joy comes when we realize that we can now be useful in the work of the Lord.

We can fulfill our purpose in life.

We can know the facts of everlasting life.

We can avoid the errors of sin.

We can know how to answer every man!

Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

We will have words of comfort for those that are in distress.

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

We will know the way of life!

*****Pro 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

We have seen the the message of the Book of Proverbs is about two paths.

1) The path of life.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

These are the wise who lead such a life as to preserve them from death!

Pro 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.

The wise man’s path leads Heavenward.

Php 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Php 3:21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

God promises an eternally happy life to those that fear the Lord!

2) The path of death.

The path to death leads to Hell and a life eternally separated from the Lord!

*****Pro 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

The wise child of God will think before they speak, taking time to consider their answer.

This is why they can rejoice in their answers as stated in verse 23.

The child of God does not want to say things that are false and the Word of God is always of the truth!

The very opposite is true of those who do not know the Lord.

We see people today who pride themselves for being outspoken who in reality have only followed others whose wisdom is in wickedness and lead to mischief and sorrow.

Those who pour out evil things without thinking have already rejected the truth!

Verse 2 said “the mouth of fools pour out foolishness”

We do not have to call people fools. Their own answers will show these things to be true.

Even in my own family there are those that think everyone that dies go to Heaven and that God will respond to all prayers.

The Bible says this is not true!

*****Pro 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

God will only respond to the prayers of the righteous and the righteous are only those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior!

The Word of God is clear. God loved all people enough to send His Son Christ Jesus to die for their sins but until that fact is accepted, God is far from all who are wicked.

Prayer is a great privilege that is only given to those that know that prayer was purchased by Christ Jesus on Mount Calvary.

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
Heb 10:21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

God has not obligated Himself to answer the prayers of those that reject His Son because they cannot have a relationship with Him until they accept the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the only salvation plan offered by the Lord!

Their is only one way into the throne room of God and that is by the blood of Jesus Christ!

God longs to hear one prayer from every human being before He will recognize them:

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, “God be merciful to me a sinner”.
Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Until you realize that you are a sinner, you cannot be saved!

*****Pro 15:30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

We as Christians can be an encouragement to others and our eyes can say this as much as our mouth at times.

If we can express the joy of salvation. It can be uplifting when a scowl or a frown can crush any spirit.

If we are the bearer of the “Good News” of Jesus Christ and the “Gospel” then we certainly need to appear as we know we have and know the truth.

People want to hear something that will lead to happiness and good health.

Commercial television is designed around this one thought!

As believers if we do not appear as we have been “Born Again” into a new life then how can we ever lead others to the Lord?

To do this we must recognize our own weaknesses and have complete victory over them.

We must get a daily filling of the Holy Spirit who will lead us in a Christ-like manner.

We must pick up our cross daily, which means we must say no to the flesh. We must take off the old man and put on the new man.

We must walk the “Gospel” walk and talk the “Gospel” talk, even when we do not feel like it!

I’m sure Jesus did not feel like getting nailed to that cross but love was nailed to the cross that day!

Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

*****Pro 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

When the Lord shares His wisdom with us we certainly also want to know all things that are displeasing to
Him.

When we are doing anything wrong we certainly want to know it before it’s too late!

We understand the benefits of correction!

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Those who are wise in the Lord need instruction to grow in understanding but those who are foolish ignore instruction and harm themselves.

*****Pro 15:32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

It is important that we care enough about our souls that we graciously accept the discipline of God!

A fool will fail to see how discipline can help them in any way!

Look how are world is going.

You can be locked up for child abuse, for disciplining your children, because the world sees no benefit in it.

Corporal punishment is being abolished because the world sees no benefit in it.

Criminals are being set free because the world thinks there is little benefit to incarceration.

Terrorist are set free because it is believed they are only defending a religion and are not really evil.

In reality those that hate discipline actually hate themselves and despise their own soul!

Pro 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Those that reject the wisdom of God will be destroyed!

God cannot make things much plainer than this.

*****Pro 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

When we humble ourselves before the Lord, changes just take place our lives!

It is not always an easy thing for the human being to volunteer to be humble before anyone because it is not in our sin nature to do so!

Our wisdom begins when we accept and appreciate the trials that God brings into our lives!

This make no sense to our flesh but we realize that God only does things that will be a benefit to us!

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Just as silver is refined by fire, the Christian is made purer by the chastening of the Lord!

Once we realize we are filthy sinners, we will gladly request the wisdom of a Holy God who loves us much more than we deserve.

Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

*****Pro 17:27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

God expects us to have self-control!

He has born all our sin at the cross.

He has filled us with His Spirit.

He will share with us most all His wisdom.

To pick up our cross daily is to deny our flesh!

God says we must control our speech and our temper!

To be wise, is to hold our tongues and keep our emotions in check.

To many of us this is very hard to do especially in these last days.

But there are some things about us that only God needs to know!

And if we cannot be trusted by our brothers and sisters in Christ then how are we to fulfill the purpose that God has for us.

When we are engaged in conversations with others it is not necessary for us to be heard on every matter.

Jas 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

We must know when to speak and when to keep silent!

When we can do these things, then we will be able to keep calm and refrain from becoming upset.

Jas 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

If we can manage our own tongues, then we can mange our whole body!

*****Pro 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

The truth is, even a fool can deceive those around him by keeping his mouth shut!

This image of him soon disappears once he begins to speak!

Ecc 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

The truth is, that even a fool if he shuts his mouth and truly listens to those who are wise can be saved from his foolishness.

If this is not true then I would have never been saved!

1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

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Speaking Wisely

Speaking Wisely

James Chapter 3

James has given to us many things that are necessary once we are saved.

James has taught us how we can live in the victory of Jesus.

James has taught us that we should love without discrimination.

James has taught us how to be dependable servants.

Today James will teach us how powerful our words can be.

We should clearly understand that the same faith that saves us from the eternity of Hell, will also produce good works after salvation.

Not only are we to live by following the ways of Jesus Christ, we are to also weigh our words to others wisely.

We must listen to what the Word of God teaches and God’s Inspired Word will bring us to the right kind of “faith”!

No amount of works can ever produce “saving faith”.

And, the wrong “faith” will never produce “good godly works”.

James continues with this theme in our lesson today.

*****Jas 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

James is still speaking to our brothers and sisters in Christ as he continues.

That word “masters” in this verse means, an instructor or a teacher.

Teaching is a gift of God.

1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, “thirdly teachers”, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

We should note that this gift of teaching is not the same as a talent but comes only after salvation.

Some people truly have the a talent to teach and God will make use of such people in some way.

This gift of teaching in verse 1, is the gift that comes by the Holy Spirit after salvation and it must be done for the glory of God.

Every preacher will also be a teacher, but not many teachers will ever be preachers which is a special calling from God!

Every teacher must have a great interest in the Word of God and must be willing to study God’s Word.

Every teacher must fully believe the Word of God!

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Every teacher must be apt to teach:

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

James says there will not be many teachers because God will condemn that teacher who does not teach the Word of God according to it’s truth.

At the judgment-seat of Christ, God will require more from teachers than from others!

This chapter of James is more about the teacher and the preacher than it is about the believer.

Each believer must know these things in order to know the truth when they hear it!

The study of the Bible is for every believer!

*****Jas 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

There is not one single preacher or teacher who can walk so closely to God that he never stumbles.

There is not one single preacher or teacher who will never say something that will not be offensive to someone.

And God’s Word will always offend the non-believer in many ways.

There are no perfect preachers nor teachers and there are no perfect believers!

The lesson for us all is, that through the Word of God, we can learn to be in control of our entire body.

No man can live without sinning against God and in many things we will offend all who listen to our words.

It is the Word of God that must be our bridle!

*****Jas 3:3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

Horses are without man’s understanding. Horses are strong animals and would be unruly unless bits and bridles were put into their mouths.

A good use of the bit will have a great influence on the attitude of this animal!

God tells us that we must not be like the horse:

Psa 39:1 I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

A good use of the Word of God will also have a great influence on our attitudes.

*****Jas 3:4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

Ships are a very large and would drift endlessly without direction if not for the small rudder. To control the helm is to control the direction of the ship.

The tongue is to the rest of our body as the rudder is to a mighty ship.

The New Testament Church is that mighty ship on the open ocean, tossed to and fro when driven by Satan’s temptations, and the world’s persecution, ready to be carried away by false doctrine.

But the Church can be directed on the right path, when those in it control of their tongues and preach and teach the truth of the Word of God!

When we walk in the Word of God, we are going in the right direction!

*****Jas 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

The tongue is one of the smallest parts of our body but can be the largest troublemaker that we have!

As Christians we are to control our tongues!

We are to keep our speech truthful:

Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

We are to keep our speech gracious:

Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

We are to keep our speech serious:

Eph 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

We are to keep our speech relevant:

Col 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

We are to keep our speech courageous:

1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

We are to keep our speech corrective:

Tit 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

And we must keep our speech purposeful:

Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

We must always be ready to speak the Word of God!

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

When the Word of God is on our tongue then foolish people will come to know the truth of Our God!

Psa 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.

Pro 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

When we just boast of great things, the fires of sin will be kindled.

*****Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

It can be said that our words are the expression of our thoughts and our thoughts are the revelation of our character.

The spoken word can be a weapon or it can be a thing of peace.

Because of this we need to exercise complete control over our tongue.

The tongue can be a fire.

When our words inflame others we leave from controlling of our tongues to become part of that same flame.

Our tongue must be treated as any other part of our bodies in which we have complete control.

We control our arms and legs and we need to control our tongue.

It does not matter how much good work for the Lord we have done with our bodies, our tongue can ruin our testimony!

The Greek word used here for our English word “Hell” is “Gehenna”.

This word appears 12 times in the New Testament and by it’s meaning is “the fire of Hell”, the “everlasting fire” and “eternal punishment”.

Of those 12 times the Lord Jesus Christ used this word 11 times and in James is the only other occurrence of this word.

The tongue can be a world of iniquity when it is set on the fire of Hell!

Every fire begins with a small flame but every flame that that is fanned can grow until it consumes everything it it’s path!

Sin is exactly the same!

Sin begins with a simple thought but when the flames of sin are fanned then that sin will grow until it has consumed the entire body, the soul, and our entire being.

Hell is itself a world of iniquity and there is no deliverance from Hell once you are there!

We are all sinners that can only be saved by the “Grace of God”!

So inside this body of flesh we are still full of depravity, and unfaithfulness.

Hell is exactly the same!

All those that will inhabit Hell will be there by choice because they have refused to accept the eternal presence of God made available only through God’s sacrificial love by Jesus Christ!

There is no deliverance from Hell beyond the grave but there is a deliverance on this side of the grave by our faith in the work of the Lord Jesus Christ!

A true Christian will have some control of his own tongue just as he will in all of the actions of his body.

*****Jas 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
Jas 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

James, by the Holy Spirit, is teaching us that if the actions of our “faith” in the promises of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot control the actions of our flesh, including our tongue, then our faith that is lacking.

Every animal on the face of this Earth can be tamed except maybe the sheep.

The sheep is a dumb but peaceable animal that will always be in need of a shepherd to keep from becoming lost which is why God chose to come as a Shepherd for His Own lost sheep which we are.

In the act of salvation, God delivers us from deceitful tongues.

Psa 120:2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

If we then continue with our own lying lips and our own deceitful tongues, how can we say we have been delivered?

When we have been delivered we will have the proper tongue:

Psa 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

It is only through the Lord Jesus Christ that our tongue can be tamed!

*****Jas 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

Even though we are scarred by thousands of years of sin, we should not ever forget, that all humans were created in the image of God.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

We need to acknowledge ourselves as God’s “created beings” and respect that every human being are also part of God’s special creation.

God is still a “whosoever will come” God!

Even the most depraved sinner can still be “Born Again” into that image of God!

Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

God’s new man will then be changed!

*****Jas 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

When we can come into God’s house and worship Him and offer Him praise and then leave God’s house and speak as the world speaks, then we must question our salvation!

The Apostle Paul gave us these words:

Rom 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, “but not according to knowledge”.
Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, “have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”.

Words are very powerful and almost everyone has been harmed by words from time to time.

If we say we love God then we cannot also not love God’s created beings and all of God’s creation.

To believe in any part of evolution is to not believe the Word of God!

We seem to always forget that God will first judge the Church before He will judge this world we live in!

James gives us some examples.

*****Jas 3:11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

This question has an obvious answer. A spring of water from the ground will either be sweet or bitter, it cannot be both.

So it is with the believer.

Holiness cannot come from a heart that is unholy!

*****Jas 3:12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

All the way back in the Book of Genesis, God says that each plant and animal can only reproduce after it’s own kind.

We can see that James clearly understood Creation was an act of God.

Just as a fig tree cannot bear olives and a fountain cannot yield both salt and fresh water, there is something wrong with a man’s mouth that can worship God and curse his brothers and sisters in Christ and any other human being!

When our hearts are with with God, then our tongues will be right in every circumstance!

Where did James learn these things? From his half-brother, Our Lord Jesus.

Luk 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

We should be able to see a Christian before he ever speaks and when he speaks it should only confirm what we have seen.

Christianity is an inward principle practiced by living holy and sound speech.

When we are filled with the Spirit of God our heart and our mouth will react in the wisdom of Jesus Christ.

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, “the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”.

*****Jas 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

Wisdom signifies the knowledge, the lovingkindness and the fear of the Lord.

Psa 107:43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

Why are these things so important? Let’s ask Daniel.

Dan 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, “thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words”.

When we do all these things in the ways of the Lord and through the Holy Spirit can control not only our tongues but our entire body, then God will hear our words and He will come to us in our prayers.

Why should we pass up this tremendous blessing?

The lack of Godly wisdom will surely open the door for the Devil.

Our conversation will reflect our style of life!

*****Jas 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
Jas 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
Jas 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Envy is the mother of strife.

Envy is the source of all errors in our doctrine.

Envy is a desire for our own fame and will cause us to act on impulse.

Envy can poison the Church.

All these things were part of our “Old Man” before salvation.

Mat 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

When we boast of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and these things still come from our mouths then we are lying against the truth of the Gospel!

We must understand there is no wisdom of this world that can lead us in the ways of God.

It is God’s Word that must be our road map to glory!

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Worldly wisdom is of the world, the flesh, and of the Devil.

Worldly wisdom is humanistic and will most always lead to envy and strife.

Envy and strife will always lead to confusion and then to the evil work of Satan.

Our “New Man” must be centered on Christ Jesus!

1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

*****Jas 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

What are the pillars of wisdom?

True wisdom comes from above.

Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

1) God’s wisdom is first pure. This is not only the first thing on the list but without the “pure wisdom of God” none of these other things will amount to anything.

We also must begin in purity:

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

2) God’s wisdom is peaceable. We must make allowances for others. We must not only love peace but we must bring peace while keeping in mind that purity comes before peace.

Peace at any price is not worth having. We must stand on the Word of God!

1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Pe 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

3) God’s wisdom brings with it gentleness. A Christian should always be a gentleman. We will always have to make allowances for others.

Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

4) God’s wisdom is easy to be intreated. God is reasonable. SO, We must be just, not unjust. We must yield to the things of God. We must believe the things of God. When we can give in to all the things of God we will be easy to live with.

Remember what we learned from the 1st chapter of this book.

Jas 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

5) God’s wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits.

To be full of something is to be controlled by it. When we follow God’s mercy we will also be full of mercy.

Luk 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

And everyone that is faithful should also be fruitful!

We are not walking worthy of the Lord unless we are fruitful!

Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

6) God’s wisdom is without partiality. We must look on every human as a special creation of God in His own image. We must remember God has a purpose for each of His created beings.

We must look into the heart of each individual just as God does. We must not be swayed by outward appearances.

Jas 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

7) God’s wisdom is without hypocrisy. There will not be one hypocrite in Heaven!

We cannot be hypocrites in our relationship with God, and we cannot be hypocrites in our relationships with other individuals.

We absolutely cannot pretend to be something we are not!

We must be sincere in our worship of God and we must be sincere in our relationships with others.

Rom 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Righteousness is the product of the wisdom that comes down from above!

*****Jas 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

The theme of our lesson is “speaking wisely”.

There is a great difference between man-made results and God-given fruit!

Our fruit must be the product of our lives for the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we share the fruit of God with others, then they can be fed and they can also produce good fruit.

We must see the connection between what we say and what we say we are!

When our hearts are right with God, then the Holy Spirit can control our lives and the fruit of the Spirit will produce good fruit from good works!

Jesus said:

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Questions?

Let’s Pray!