July 6, 2020

This ONE Thing Controls Your Entire Future | James 3:2

This ONE Thing Controls Your Entire Future | James 3:2

What Do Your Words Say About You? James tells us in James Chapter 3 that your words speak volumes about what's going on inside your heart. 

In today's 2 Minute Bible Study Podcast:

  • Discover a common Jewish belief that probably persuaded James to write this part of his letter
  • Uncover the Greek literal translation for "stumble." It's a great visual illustration for what your words are doing to your life
  • Learn what the "perfect" person does that affects their entire future (and so can you)

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Transcript

JULIE 0:05

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

Did you know that on average you spend 1/5 of your life talking? James says in James Chapter 3 that all those words you’re speaking (and texting or putting out on social media) speak volumes on the level of your spiritual maturity. 

And the proof of a mature Christian is the ability to control your mouth. 

 Now, James also knows that we are all human. Which is why we read in James 3:2 in the NIV, “We all stumble in many ways.”

According to William Barclay’s commentary, a common Jewish belief at the time was that there’s no easier sin to fall into and no easier sin to produce more serious consequences than the sin of your tongue.  

When James says “we all stumble” the word for stumble here means to sin in word or speech. Literally it gives the picture of your foot striking against something that causes you to trip and stumble. 

Like have you ever been walking down a sidewalk, and as if out of nowhere, a part of the sidewalk is higher than the previous section and it catches your foot and causes you to stumble and almost fall? 

That’s the same idea here. You’re with someone and then almost as if out of nowhere the conversation turns to talking negatively about someone behind their back. Your words caused you to stumble. 

And James says we sin with our words in many ways. Gossiping, cursing, backstabbing, an angry outburst. These words not only hurt others, but they also hurt God and your connection with Him. 

And the last part of chapter 3 verse 2 says, “Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.”

Now James is not referring to a sinless man when he says this person is perfect. Because we know that’s impossible in this life. Right? James is describing someone who has full self-control over what they say. This is the sign of a mature Christian. And when you can control your tongue, James says that you can control your future. And that’s The Simple Truth. 

Make Bible Study a Daily Morning Habit. It’s simple. While you enjoy your morning brew, you can also learn God’s Truth. Just ask your smart speaker to play The Simple Truth 2 Minute Bible Study Podcast. Sit back and enjoy. 

I’m Julie Carruth. I’ll see you again tomorrow.