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The Weapons of Words

A sermon on the dangers of the words that we use.
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Jonathan Jones

on 16 June 2010

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Transcript of The Weapons of Words

The Weapons of Words Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the
power of the tongue" "I said, 'I will guard my
ways that I may not sin with
my tongue'" -Psalm 39:1
"The simple moral fact is that WORDS KILL"
(Matt. 5:22, MSG) What kind of words
are so dangerous? MATTHEW 5:21-24
"You have heard that it was said
to those of old. 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." Why are words so dangerous? JAMES 3:5-6
"How great a forest is set
ablaze by such a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire, a
world of unrighteousness.
The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell." Words steer the
direction of your
life. JAMES 3:2-5
For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they will obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things." Taming the Tongue? JAMES 3:7-8
"For every kind of beast and bird, or reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." There is a difference between controlling and taming the tongue. We can never fully "tame" the tongue so that it can be left unchecked. But we can "steer" our words with constant vigilant effort and the help of God. 1. Ill-chosen words with
unbelievers. COLOSSIANS 4:5-6
"Conduct yourselves wisely
toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." APPLY!
People are listening
to what you say about
the church, preacher,
elders, etc. 2. Foolish talking. Ephesians 5:4
"Let there be no filthiness or foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving." "filthiness" - obscene talk; using
vulgar language; discussing
inappropriate things.
"foolish talk" - baffoonery, moronic
talk, foolish talk. "joking" - quick wit; biting sarcasm;use of humor that could be hurtful. Stabbing back-and- forth banter.
Words have the power to either "build up" or "tear down" another person. ROMANS 14:19
"So then let us pursue what
makes for peace and mutual upbuilding." Modern Application Writing letters, you have time to reflect on your words before you send
them.
Speaking face-to-face there are things you would not dare say to another.
With modern social technologies, it is easy to quickly "vent" and "publish" before you have thought it through.
A recent study found that 59% of iPhone users regret posting something online. 32% of all people surveyed say the same, with 3% of those actually ruining their lives with online posting.
Slander, gossip, and innuend0 fill these social outlets.
Christians must be very careful. Consistant Speech:
Flowing the pure water
JAMES 3:10-13
"...from the same mouth
flow both blessing and cursing. Does a fountain send forth from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? "Racca?" or calling someone
a "fool?" (idiot) "Racca" is Aramaic and likely
means "empty headed." Describing someone as "foolish" has a legitimate use (cf. Ps. 14:1; 1 Cor. 15:36; Gal. 3:1). Jesus is prohibiting using words to vent your rage (verbal abuse). We will be judged by
the words we use. MATTHEW 12:36
"But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they will give an accounting of it in the day of judgment."
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