Sunday School Perspective: Taming The Tongue

Sunday School Perspective:

Taming The Tongue

James 3:1-12

by Minnie Malone Cook

The study of the lesson continues in the book of James Chapter 3: Verses 1-12 and it offers knowledge about a destructive tongue.

Key Verse: “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8, KJV: This verse reveals that the tongue is an unruly evil filled with deadly poison.

The lesson topic for Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 is “Taming the Tongue” and it offers insight that we must raise our mind set by using the tongue to do good and not evil.

The objective for students and readers is to pray for God’s assistance in using the tongue wisely harming no one.

No Human is Perfect (James 3:1-4)

The lesson unfolds with the writer declaring that human beings are not perfect. Believers must take on the character of maintaining a loving attitude and righteous living. Daniel teaches that we must strive to embrace Godly conduct, demonstrating and striving to improve as we move to another level of love, faith and humility. James goes on to illustrate that a small bit attached to a bridle and firmly placed in a horse’s mouth will direct the animal to move as directed. This bit is powerful. The tongue is small yet it is powerful. “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.” (Verses 1-4)

The Power of the Tongue (James 3:5-8)

It is important in these verses James clearly describes a small tongue really has great power just like a small cinder can spreads like wildfire causing damage to everything in its path. An evil tongue creates destruction, emotional distress, fear, and evil consequences. “Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” (Verses 5-8)

Tongue (James 3:9-12)

It is significant in these verses that James offers various comparisons signifying that we must strive to be a better example of Godly advocates by choosing to develop a righteous life striving to control our tongue. We must continue to read, study, listen, pray and become better Christians daily keeping our eyes on the prize. Yes, we must be encouraged and encourage others. “Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? Either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” (Verses 9-12)


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