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October 18, 2020

The measure of my commitment to Jesus is the content of my words.

Message notes: 

“If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” James 1:26 (NASB) 

The measure of my commitment to Jesus is the content of my words.

Follow-Up Questions:

LEARN

Read James 3:1-12. How does James describe the power of the tongue? What makes that power so problematic?

Re-read James 1:19-27. In light of how James describes the power of the tongue in chapter three, how can your words enrich or spoil the way you put your faith into action?

LIVE

James 3:1-12 is too often limited to telling people not to use four-letter words. It is, in fact, about much more. Describe a time you used your words to hurt someone else while excusing your behavior through various means, such as claiming you were just joking around. Based on what you’ve read in James, how does that kind of speech harm your ability to put your faith into action?

Similarly, describe a time you used your words to encourage someone else. How can you consistently use your words in this way to put your faith into action?

WHAT’S NEXT

This week, ask God to help you take an honest assessment of the way you’ve used your speech to enrich or spoil the way you put your faith into action. Pray that God will strengthen you to encourage others rather than harm them with your speech. Throughout this message series, make the commitment to read through the letter of James at least once. Don’t be afraid to read it a second time if you have the chance.


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