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James 3:1-12 ~ Taming The Tongue

This week’s study in James chapter 3 was hard for me. It really points out so many flaws that I have. I am a woman of many words and Proverbs 10:19 says “When words are many, sin is not absent. But he who holds his tongue is wise.”

James 3 says that NO man can tame the tongue. It is filled with deadly poison.

I long to be a woman who is filled with life giving words. Who is filled with grace and mercy. But the reality is – I stumble in many ways (3:2). And when I stumble, it brings pain to others and to my own soul. I long to be free of this problem in my life – to be so full of wisdom and self-control that I never ever stumble again!

But let me be honest, I have stumbled in my own GMG group. Last summer I had to send an apology email to the entire group. SO embarrassing! I urge you to be very careful with your words in your groups. Pray before you send your emails that God would show you if anything in your email could hurt another. Filter your words with love and grace. Be forgiving (as my girls were) when one of the girls acts immaturely. Pursue unity.

I made a video last summer about this very passage of James and included my children. Let’s teach our children while they are young the power of words. It will save them a lot of heartache and produce a generation of children who are world changers for Jesus!

Walk with the King!
Courtney, Women Living Well

Week 6 Vlog & Learning To Tame Our Tongue

The genuineness of a person’s faith will inevitably be demonstrated by his/her speech.- John MacArthur

…For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
-Matthew 12:34-36-

Week 6 Challenge: This week we are going to focus on taming our tongues. Every morning BEFORE you get out of bed, ask God to help you control your tongue for the day. Focus on speaking words that are gentle and loving……life-giving words, not life-hurting words.

If you struggle in this area, ask your GMGs to pray over you concerning this area in your life, ask them to hold you accountable. This week let’s take it one step further though, tell your family about this week’s challenge and let them know you will be focusing on taming your tongue and applying James 3:1-12 in your life.

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.

– Psalm 141:3-

When you feel tempted to:

When you feel tempted to “put that person in his/her place”, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to spread a “little gossip”, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to “tell it like it is”, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to return hurtful words with your own hurtful words, pray instead.

When you feel tempted to say something you shouldn’t….DON’T…pray instead.

Pray instead, ask God to give you the strength to overcome the temptation and help you develop the discipline of controlling your tongue.

Ways that we can tame our tongues:

1. Humble yourself

2. Put off all slander and evil speaking

3. Put on a heart and words of kindness, love, forgiveness and grace

4. Bring your thought life under the control of the Holy Spirit

5. Talk less

6. Think before you speak

7. Refuse to listen to slander or gossip about others

(Note: These 7 suggestions come from Revive Our Hearts: How To Control Your Tongue )

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As always, we’ll be praying over you as you spend time reading God’s Word!

Until next time…

Love God Greatly!

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