Control Your Tongue
- Date: April 8, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Do you know that one of your idle words, one of your flippant comments to somebody else can cause a wound in a brother or sister that will never go away? You can wound your brother's and sister's soul. And dear God, how this happens in our marriages! In a moment of just anger and wanting self to be somehow, "Look at me! Listen to me!" and to try to make a point we speak some harsh word or critical word. "Marrying you was the biggest mistake I ever made." That will never go away. "Sorry that we ever married." Little comments made in anger, comments made out of selfishness. Wives, when you make comments comparing your husband with another man's outward success, and Proverbs 31 says he ought to be able to trust in you. He ought to be able to lay his life in your hands and never be concerned whatsoever with being betrayed or in any way demeaned. "Look what that family has. Look at the stuff they have." And we wound one another over stuff? Compare your wife with somebody who you think is more attractive. Men, there's no greater damage that you could ever cause than to make a comment like that. That's not love. How great a matter a little fire kindleth! Control your tongue! Put your hand over your mouth! And realize the damage that can take place.
He goes on and he says, he says, "…the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:8). Aren't you glad that it doesn't say that the tongue can never be tamed? It says the tongue can no man tame, but with God all things are possible. You want me to tell you one great way to help tame your tongue? Get full of the Holy Ghost and let tongues of fire descend upon on you and begin to purify your heart and your mind, praying in the Holy Ghost. This is the refreshing, the Scripture says, praying in the Holy Spirit. And so the apostle goes on and continues with this wisdom. He says of the tongue, "Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be." Say, amen to that! These things ought not so to be. This tongue that we come and bless God with should not be turned upon our brothers and sisters for our own personal gratification. We just feel so good when we've been able to give people a piece of our mind or express our opinion, or to show our knowledge, or to show our preeminence. "Everybody should be as holy as I am. How come they're partaking of that? I forsook those things a long time ago. If you're going to be right with God, you need to dress this way and speak this way and study this topic." He goes on and he makes this comment: "Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh."
Now, that's interesting. It's impossible. He's speaking to us here very clearly and saying, "Listen, if your life is one that's habitually finding itself in this kind of a conflict-we come and we lift our hands, and we worship God in this service and, then, afterward we accumulate in the house of God and criticize others. You know, they used to talk about all of the church people raised in church, I can't even remember the phrase right now, but something along the lines that tragically most of the people when they head home from church what they have for lunch is the pastor. "Didn't like the sermon." "Didn't like that point." "How come he had to say that?" "Why was it said that way?" How tragic it is. We don't even get out of the sanctuary, and we're slandering and gossiping and back biting. You say, "Well, we're not doing that." Well, Scripture says the house of God is supposed to be a house of prayer, and we turn it into a den of thieves. He was just speaking about people that were in the house of God for personal gain. He makes this statement, powerful. Make sure that you understand what's behind this out of control tongue, this tongue that's bringing forth fresh and salt water. Verse 14: "…if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." What's that saying? Don't think you're okay. Don't lie against the truth. The truth is, you can't have both. It can't be something that's natural to you. It can't be something that's habitual to you. We're all going to sin, aren't we? The Scripture says if you sin, confess your sin and He's faithful and just to forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Thank God it's put away and it's done. But has it become a part of our lives? Is it so common that we don't even realize it? Then, when someone calls us on it, we're offended. How about when somebody brings biblical reproof to us? We take an offense, and we lie against the truth. We try to justify why we "have a right" You can,t justify your sin!