James Part 3
Message Summary: A heavenly perspective of God’s wisdom will lead to joy, freedom, and peace. We seek Godly wisdom over any worldly wisdom this earth provides. Godly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without pretense (James 3:17).
Godly wisdom is watching every word that we speak. In the Greek, Christian means “Little Christ.” Are our words reflecting “Little Christ?” We need to have a tight rein on our tongues. As a follower or servant of Christ, your voice matters, but not every matter needs your voice. Our tongue will determine the direction of our lives. The words we speak and the words we receive from others impact our lives.
Breathe life, encouragement, and hope into your life and others lives. Kind words can change everything. We can only tame or bridle our tongues by surrendering our hearts to Jesus. You will never do it on your own. Springs in the Bible represent the heart. What’s inside of you and your heart, comes out of your mouth. Take up your cross and surrender your heart daily to Christ. God gives us the power to be like Jesus with the words we speak.
- Do your words match the direction you want for your life?
- Are you kind to yourself and others with your words?
- Is your tongue bringing life or death and destruction?
James 1:19 – Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.
James 1:26 – If anyone among you seems to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
James 3:2 – We all stumble in many ways. But if any man does not stumble in what he says, he is a complete man and able also to control the whole body.
James 3:8-11 – But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who are made in the image of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring yield at the same opening sweet and bitter water?