Faith That Works Part 8 - The Words We Say (James 3:1-12)


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Our words matter, and we are responsible to God for them. James reminds us that teachers, such as himself, will be held accountable and to a stricter judgment for the things they say. James also recognizes that sinning through the words we say is all too common. The tongue may be a small part of the body, but it is powerful, igniting fires of life or death with far-reaching consequences. If our words are a window to our hearts (and they are!), then inconsistent words - blessing and cursing out of the same mouth - reveal the brokenness in our hearts, while also distorting the very image of God we are trying to portray to one another and to the world around us. God wants to perform heart surgery, filling our hearts with His fire and His life-giving water, so that we can speak consistently from the overflow of His spirit.

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