Manage Your Mouth”
Series: “Sticks and Stones” (Part 2 of 5)
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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.” – James 3:9-10

LIFE GIVING SPEECH DEMANDS…

1. I my heart.

“The tongue has the power of life and death ...” – Proverbs 18:21

“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”  – James 3:1



2. I my influence.

“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.”  – James 3:2

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.” – James 3:3-5



3. I my destination.

“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 3:6

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.” – James 3:7-8



4. I what I produce.

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..." – James 3:9-10

10 “...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 3:10-12



 “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Luke 6:45

“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13



READ: Proverbs 21:23, Proverbs 18:21, 1 Peter 3:10, Proverbs 15:4 and James 1:26


1. What could you learn about a person if you listened to everything they said for a whole week? Would you be afraid to record what you said over the course of a week?



2. What is so significant about the way we talk, and why is it so hard to control sometimes?



3. What are the ways we sin in our speech? Are we being influenced by those around us, or are we influencing others?



4. What can you change about your daily speech? What positive words do your family, friends, and coworkers need to hear from you this week?

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