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The Monday After Sunday, March 8, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Words
Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman spoke about the pressure point of words.
We looked at James 3:1-8:
“3 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.[b]
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.”
Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:
1.”The tongue can worship or curse. This kind of hypocrisy is not consistent with the Christian life. James calls us to be consistent with our speech.” -Pastor Joe Boerman
2. “There is hope for taming the tongue and our hope comes from above.” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #partiality
For the next seven days, consider your words:
- Think before you speak
- Talk less
- Build others up
- Have heart surgery – “If we want to speak words of life we’ll need a different heart, and the good news is that Jesus specializes in heart transplants. Psalm 19:14 says, ‘Let the words of my mouth and meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight o lord my strength and my redeemer.'” -Pastor Joe Boerman