Taming the Tongue James 3:1-12 A Caution Against a Boastful Tongue • James 3:1-5a • Warning against pride and against presuming a calling that is not yours • This is exactly the condemnation of Jesus towards to teachers in his day • To boast = to talk big, i.e. be grandiloquent (arrogant, egotistic) The Corruption of an Unbridled Tongue • • James 3:5b-6 The uncontrolled tongue can turn ones life into a blazing flame of destruction A Control for the Untamable Tongue • • • James 3:7-8 If no one can tame the tongue then what is the use? No man can tame the tongue, but Christ can The Contradiction of the Untested Tongue • • • • James 3:9-12 James’ writings serves as a series of test (Faith) Belief is not created by your words Our words don't make belief...they reveal the true belief of our heart. Conclusion • What is your heart saying to you this morning? • Be cautious in any motive to exalt yourself? • Eliminate the boastful speech. • Words can destroy years in an instant • No man can tame the tongue, but Christ can! • Our words reveal the true belief of our heart. Application • Can you go 24 hours without sarcasm, derogatory and hurtful remarks or negative ways of communicating? • Are you willing by God's grace to begin working on developing a Christ-like method of communicating? Will you be intentional about it starting today?