My Mouth – There It Goes Again, June 12, 2011

James 1:19, 26; James 3:1-12; James 4:11-15,5:12

– guarding your mouth – how’s it going?
– the tongue: a bit – small but controlling, a rudder – extremely influential, a raging fire – dangerously destructive, a wild animal – difficult to tame, a spring – either bitter or sweet, a fruit – either one kind or another
Matt 12:36-37, Prov. 18:21, Luke 6:45
– words have many abilities: to communicate knowledge, to inspire action, to calm the fearful, to encourage the depressed, to express anger, to display beauty with words that paint a picture
– words are one thing that once you let them go, you can never get them back
– words can destroy a relationship, they can end a career, and they can ruin a reputation
– words can build someone up or tear somebody down
– Challenges:
  1. I will speak to people, not about them, unless it is to praise or uplift them
  2. I will not voice my opinion about everything
  3. choose well what you say
  4. think before you speak (Col. 4:6, Prov. 13:3)
    THINK – (T) is it true? (H) is it helpful? (I) is it inspiring? (N) is it necessary? (K) is it kind?
  5. choose the new man (Col. 3:9-10)
– old man or new man? James 1:19
– listen before you speak
– 2 great prayers: Ps. 19:14 and Ps 144:3