Just For Fun: Does your tongue get you into trouble a little or a lot?
Scripture: (James 3:1-12 )
On the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out, those in the crowd were unsure of what they were witnessing – had these people lost their minds? Were they drunk in the middle of the day?
Enter Peter, now fully empowered by the Holy Spirit, as he begins to shout to the crowd that no one was actually drunk at 9 in the morning. Then he began to preach and proclaim the power of God. He says in Acts 2 , verse 36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” and the result - his words pierced their hearts and 3000 was added to the church that day (Acts 2:37-41 )
Our tongues are an amazing gift and a big responsibility. The words they form can bless or curse others. And They can bring us praise or pain.
When Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was, Peter responded,” You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16 ) and Jesus rewarded him for his words. But just a few verses later when Jesus explains the suffering he must endure, Peter says, “Heaven forbid, Lord,” “This will never happen to you!” (Matt 16:22 ) “Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.’” (Matt 16:23 )
It's the same for you and I isn’t it? Our tongues are as likely to get us into trouble as they are to get us out.
Solomon provides some wise advice in Proverbs 21:23 , “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” But we can’t keep quiet all the time. We have to rely on the Holy Spirit to help us tame our tongues.
- When we need to TAME our tongues, how difficult is it for you to think before you speak?
- The sermon reminded us that sometimes asking God for help means asking God to change our attitude. How do you need to ask God to help you tame your tongue?
- We pray and we expect a miracle. But we also have to act. What can you do to modify your conduct?
- Taming our tongue can’t be done on our own. What does relying on the Holy Spirit look like as our power source?
- Think of a time when you didn’t tame your tongue and how it got you into trouble. How could you have handled it differently if you had followed the TAME solution?
- Have you experienced a heart change as you have followed Jesus and has it gotten easier for you to tame your tongue? If not, then what steps do you need to take?