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					“Watch your mouth!”
        God’s word on speech
• Psalm 5:8-9; 12:1-4; 15:1-3; 34:12-13
  (I Peter 3:10); 37:29-31; 64:2-4
  – Boasting, lying, flattery, cursing, gossip, slander,
    deceit, anger, backbiting, sniping, complaining.
• Prov. 10:20; 12:18; 15:4; 18:21
  – “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”
• James 1:26
  – “If anyone thinks himself to be religious and yet does
    not bridle the tongue, but deceives his own heart, this
    man’s religion is worthless.”
                  James 3:1-12
• James’ concern: 1:19-20; 4:11-12
  – Speech is able destroy people’s lives.
• The importance of pure speech: 3:1-12
  – The tongue is the key to control of body (vv. 2-5) – like
    bits in horses’ mouths, rudders in ships.
  – The tongue is a fire, set on fire by hell itself (vv. 5-8)
  – Evidence: we bless God, and curse men (vv. 9-12)
• Proverbs 21:23 – “He who guards his mouth and
  his tongue, guards his soul from troubles.”
Snakebites in the church
• Profanity and vulgarity.
   – Ephesians 4:29; 5:4
• Criticism and ridicule.
   – James 3:13-18; Col. 4:6; Prov. 15:1; Col. 3:12
• Gossip and slander.
   – Romans 1:29; II Cor. 12:20; Prov. 20:19; Psalm 15:3;
     Mt. 5:23-24; Prov. 10:18
Snakebites in the church
• Profanity and vulgarity.
   – Ephesians 4:29; 5:4
• Criticism and ridicule.
   – James 3:13-18; Col. 4:6; Prov. 15:1; Col. 3:12
• Gossip and slander.
   – Romans 1:29; II Cor. 12:20; Prov. 20:19; Psalm 15:3;
     Mt. 5:23-24; Prov. 10:18
Snakebites…
• Profanity and vulgarity.
   – Ephesians 4:29; 5:4
• Criticism and ridicule.
   – James 3:13-18; Col. 4:6; Prov. 15:1; Col. 3:12
• Gossip and slander.
   – Romans 1:29; II Cor. 12:20; Prov. 20:19; Psalm 15:3;
     Mt. 5:23-24; Prov. 10:18

				
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