Authentic Christianity Message Series

James Series 2

Part 5 – Shut My Mouth

James 3:1-12

May 24, 2020
Tim Homa – Richmond/Rosenberg Campus Pastor



A. One day, our words will come back to us.  (James 3:1)

1. James 3:1  Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.

2. Matthew 12:36  But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.

3. The truth is, most all of us are teachers in one degree or another.

4. Why?

a. A teacher is responsible to teach the truth, not his opinion.

b. What a teacher says will affect many lives.

c. A teacher is expected to model the truth.

-5. Proverbs 18:20  You have to live with the consequences of everything you say.

B. Our tongue can set the course for the rest of our life.  (James 3:2-5)

1. James 3:2  For we all stumble in many ways.  If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

2. If we gain control of our tongue, we become spiritually mature and are able to control every other area of our life.

3. Matthew 12:34-35  …For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.  35 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.

4. Our tongue controls our whole life because our tongue is simply a reflection of our heart.

5. James 3:3-4  Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they may obey us, we direct their entire body as well.  4 Behold, the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder, wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.   So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

C. Our tongue can destroy what we have.  (James 3:5-6)

1. James 3:5-6  Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!  6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

2. James 3:8  But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

3. Proverbs 21:23  If you want to stay out of trouble be careful what you say!

D. We can choose to use our tongue for great good.

    • Encourage others.

a. Proverbs 16:24  Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

b. Job 16:4-5  …I could spout off my criticisms against you and shake my head at you.  5 But that’s not what I would do.  I would speak in a way that helps you.  I would try to take away your grief.



A. James 3:7-8  For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by the human race.  8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

B. Step 1 – Begin with real repentance.

Ezekiel 18:31  Rid yourself of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit!

C. Step 2 – Give others the benefit of the doubt.

1 Peter 4:8  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

D. Step 3 – Stop critical remarks.

Philippians 2:14-15  Do everything without complaining or arguing,  15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

E. Step 4 – Talk less and listen more.

James 1:19  This you know, my beloved brethren.  But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; …