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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Speaking With Power

Ability to display (James 3.2)
The tongue has the ability to show everyone what you are really made of. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If you are able to control your tongue it is a significant sign of maturity.

Ability to direct (James 3.3-5)
The tongue has power to direct us toward or away from God. Life is the presence of God. Death is the absence of God. Something as seemingly insignificant as our tongue can change the course of our life and the lives of others.

Ability to destroy (James 3.5-6)
James is saying the tongue is like fire. It only takes a small spark to light a gigantic fire that can destroy everything in its path. Gossip is a dangerous spark. Someone said gossip is spreading the truth about someone’s faults or failings. It is so easy to spread gossip under the pretense of ministry and prayer, carelessness, callousness, Christ- less comments lead to destruction.

Simple words can assassinate reputations. Simple words can permanently rip relationships.

Ability to develop
Words can be encouraging, enabling, equipping, edifying.

Allow Jesus to control your tongue then you will communicate the good news, glorify God, and edify His body.

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