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The Most Powerful Part of Your Body - October 17, 2021

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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

-James 1:19

1. Words aren’t weighted.

2. The isn’t equally weighted.

3. The time isn’t equally weighted.

All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.

We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. It takes strong winds to move a large sailing ship, but the captain uses only a small rudder to make it go in any direction.

Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! Your tongue is like that spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person's entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be tamed and have been tamed. But no one has ever been able to tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Praise and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen! Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? Can a fig tree produce olives or a grapevine produce figs?  Does fresh water come from a well full of salt water?

-James 3:2-12

1. I must always the power that my words have.

2. I must my mouth to God daily.

3. I must when I mess up.

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How have you seen the 3 “weight” of words statements Gilbert made play out in your life?

2. James has so much to say about the power of the tongue.  Which part stood out to you? Why?

3. In what area of life or with whom, do you need to do better in controlling your tongue? Home? Work? Family? Co-
worker? Friend? Other? What steps will you take in doing that?

4. Who in your life or group have you given permission to hold you accountable for the words that come out of your mouth?  If you have no one, be sure to do that soon!

5. What is your next step as a result of this message?