June 1-7 The Dangerous Tongue


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org/
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers June 1-7.

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June 1-7 The Dangerous Tongue

  1. 1. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>Proverbs 10:18 NET The one who conceals hatred utters lies, and the one who spreads slander is certainly a fool. </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>19 When words abound, transgression is inevitable, but the one who restrains his words is wise. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>20 What the righteous say is like the best silver, but what the wicked think is of little value. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>Has your tongue ever gotten you in trouble? Perhaps you have said something that you wish you had not. Or perhaps you have been on the receiving end of a biting or thoughtless comment, and have felt wounded or slandered. </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>If so, you probably can appreciate the great damage that can come from an uncontrolled tongue. Hatred, slander, and wickedness thrive because of words we speak. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>Jesus' brother James recognized this destructive pattern in the early church. He realized how easy it can be to blurt out comments without weighing the value of what is said, and he warned first-century Christians about lack of restraint when it comes to the tongue: </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He urged them to be quick to listen but slow to speak. </li></ul><ul><li>James 1:19 NET Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He cautioned them not to think themselves religious if they could not control what they said. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>James 1:26 NET If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He told them not to claim to have faith unless their deeds matched their words. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>James 2:14 NET What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him? </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,” </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17 So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>19 You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that – and tremble with fear. </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>20 But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless? </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>22 You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “ Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness ,” and he was called God’s friend . </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He wanted them to understand that the tongue boasts great things despite its tiny size. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>James 3:5 NET So too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. </li></ul>
  23. 23. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He warned them that the tongue is &quot;a fire, a world of iniquity,“ </li></ul><ul><li>James 3:6 NET And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. </li></ul>
  24. 24. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence – and is set on fire by hell. </li></ul>
  25. 25. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>“ an unruly evil, full of deadly poison,” </li></ul><ul><li>James 3:8 NET But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. </li></ul>
  26. 26. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>and a fountain of grumbling. </li></ul><ul><li>James 5:9 NET Do not grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be judged. See, the judge stands before the gates! </li></ul>
  27. 27. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He pointed out that speech can be an unpredictable source of either blessing or cursing, like a spring that gives </li></ul><ul><li>either fresh water or bitter, or a fig tree that bears olives, or a grapevine that bears figs </li></ul>
  28. 28. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>James 3:10 NET From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. </li></ul>
  29. 29. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>11 A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water. </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>• He noted that some were using speech as a means of maligning one another. </li></ul><ul><li>James 5:12 NET And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment. </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>As we today reflect on the teaching of Proverbs and James concerning the tongue, it becomes evident that we </li></ul><ul><li>need to pay attention both to what we say and to how we say it. </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>We may need to make changes in our patterns of speech in order to avoid the outcomes of the foolish. </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>Prov. 10:21 NET And above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath. </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Dangerous Tongue <ul><li>But let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no, so that you may not fall into judgment. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 18:2 NET A fool takes no pleasure in understanding but only in disclosing what is on his mind. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Some people have a comment to make on virtually every subject. They never say, &quot;I don't know.&quot; or just listen in order to learn something. They just spout off their uninformed opinions to any willing listener. Proverbs calls such persons fools. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Talk is cheap partly because it is easily available. The Book of Proverbs offers some principles to help us evaluate the worth of our words: </li></ul>
  40. 40. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>• Sometimes the wisest course is to keep quiet. We need to weigh our thoughts and words carefully if we intend to be helpful. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 11:12 NET The one who denounces his neighbor lacks wisdom, but the one who has discernment keeps silent. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 17:27 NET The truly wise person restrains his words, and the one who stays calm is discerning. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>28 Even a fool who remains silent is considered wise, and the one who holds his tongue is deemed discerning. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>• The one thing we never want to talk about is a confidence with which we have been entrusted. </li></ul>
  45. 45. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 11:13 NET The one who goes about slandering others reveals secrets, but the one who is trustworthy conceals a matter. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>• If we know how to use words, we can accomplish noble ends—for example, defusing a heated situation. </li></ul>
  47. 47. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 15:1 NET A gentle response turns away anger, but a harsh word stirs up wrath. </li></ul>
  48. 48. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>2 The tongue of the wise treats knowledge correctly, but the mouth of the fool spouts out folly. </li></ul>
  49. 49. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>• We need to watch what we say Our mouths can get us in deep trouble. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 18:6 NET The lips of a fool enter into strife, and his mouth invites a flogging. </li></ul>
  51. 51. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>7 The mouth of a fool is his ruin, and his lips are a snare for his life. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>• If we give our opinion on a matter before hearing the facts, we will tend to bring shame on ourselves. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 18:13 NET The one who gives an answer before he listens – that is his folly and his shame. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>• Talk is cheap, but easy talk can be expensive. Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time can lead to unfortunate consequences. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 18:21 NET Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit. </li></ul>
  56. 56. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>For which are you known—lots of talk and self-important opinions, or the ability to listen and words of wisdom? To find out, you may want to ask others for an honest opinion. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Another way is to ask yourself when the last time was someone came to you and asked you for your counsel. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>It may seem risky and even painful to learn the truth about yourself in this area, but you will be much better off if you know your errors and can change them. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 12:1 NET So remember your Creator in the days of your youth – before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; </li></ul>
  60. 60. Talk Is Cheap! <ul><li>Proverbs 15:32 NET The one who refuses correction despises himself, but whoever hears reproof acquires understanding. (Word in Life Study Bible) </li></ul>
  61. 61. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>Situation: This chapter begins a collection of proverbs attributed to Solomon. </li></ul>
  62. 62. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>Observation: The actions of wise and good people are contrasted with the deeds of foolish and evil people. </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon emphasizes the need for honesty and the wise choice of words. </li></ul>
  63. 63. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>Inspiration: Insensitivity makes a wound that heals slowly. </li></ul><ul><li>If someone hurts your feelings intentionally, you know how to react. You know the source of the pain. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>But if someone accidentally bruises your soul, it's difficult to know how to respond. Someone at work criticizes the new boss, who also happens to be your dear friend. &quot;Oh, I'm sorry—I forgot the two of you were so close.&quot; </li></ul>
  65. 65. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>A Joke is told at a party about overweight people. You're overweight. You hear the joke. You smile politely while your heart sinks. </li></ul>
  66. 66. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>What was intended to be a reprimand for a decision or action becomes a personal attack, &quot;You have a history of poor decisions, John.&quot; </li></ul>
  67. 67. Proverb 10:1-32 <ul><li>Someone chooses to wash your dirty laundry in public. &quot;Sue, is it true that you and Jim are separated?&quot; </li></ul>
  68. 68. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>Thoughts that should have remained thoughts. Feelings which had no business being expressed. Opinions carelessly tossed like a grenade into a crowd. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>And if you were to tell the one who threw these thoughtless darts about the pain they caused, his response would be &quot;Oh, but I had no intention.... I didn't realize you were so sensitive!&quot; or &quot;I forgot you were here.&quot; </li></ul>
  70. 70. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>In a way, the words are comforting, until you stop to think about them (which is not recommended). </li></ul>
  71. 71. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>For when you start to think about insensitive slurs, you realize they come from an infamous family whose father has bred generations of pain, </li></ul>
  72. 72. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>His name? Egotism. His children? Three sisters: disregard, disrespect, and disappointment. </li></ul>
  73. 73. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>These three witches have combined to poison countless relationships and break innumerable hearts. Listed among their weapons are Satan's cruelest artillery: gossip, accusations, resentment, impatience, and on and on.... </li></ul>
  74. 74. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>God's Word has strong medicine for those who carelessly wag their tongues. The message is clear: He who dares to call himself God's ambassador is not afforded the luxury of idle words. </li></ul>
  75. 75. Insensitive comments: <ul><li>Excuses such as &quot;I didn't know you were here&quot; or &quot;I didn't realize this was so touchy&quot; are shallow when they come from those who claim to be followers and imitators of the Great Physician. </li></ul>
  76. 76. Application: <ul><li>We have an added responsibility to guard our tongues. </li></ul><ul><li>(From God Came Near by Max Lucado) </li></ul><ul><li>Application: Evaluate the words you have spoken in the past week. What statements have been sinful or harmful? </li></ul>
  77. 77. Application: <ul><li>Did your words build up or tear down? Were they critical? Were they vulgar? If so, ask for God's forgiveness and seek the forgiveness of anyone you have offended. Ask for God's help to use your words wisely. </li></ul>
  78. 78. Exploration: <ul><li>Exploration: Helpful Words </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 16:24 NET Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. </li></ul>
  79. 79. Exploration: <ul><li>Proverbs 25:11 NET Like apples of gold in settings of silver, so is a word skillfully spoken. </li></ul>
  80. 80. Exploration: <ul><li>Ecclesiastes 10:12 NET The words of a wise person win him favor, but the words of a fool are self-destructive. </li></ul>
  81. 81. Exploration: <ul><li>Isaiah 50:4 NET The sovereign Lord has given me the capacity to be his spokesman, so that I know how to help the weary. </li></ul>
  82. 82. Exploration: <ul><li>He wakes me up every morning; he makes me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do. </li></ul>
  83. 83. Exploration: <ul><li>Ephesians 4:29 NET You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. </li></ul>
  84. 84. Exploration: <ul><li>Colossians 4:6 NET Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>(Max Lucado Devotional Bible) </li></ul>
  85. 85. Controlling Our Tongue <ul><li>I’m sure we all need to work on controlling our tongue in one way or another. I’ll be the first to admit I say the wrong things at the wrong time! </li></ul>
  86. 86. Controlling Our Tongue <ul><li>The old saying rings true; “If you can’t say anything good about a person, don’t say anything at all. </li></ul>
  87. 87. Controlling Our Tongue <ul><li>Do we all see from this little lesson how much what comes out of our mouths means to God? </li></ul>