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Psalm 84

Living Out Your Faith 2: Taming the Tongue



August 9, 2020


Living Out Your Faith 2: Taming the Tongue

James 3:1-18

My Sermon Notes from August 9, 2020 Full Text:

雅各書 James 3:1-18

1 我的弟兄們,不要多人做師傅,因為曉得我們要受更重的判斷。 2 原來我們在許多事上都有過失。若有人在話語上沒有過失,他就是完全人,也能勒住自己的全身。 3 我們若把嚼環放在馬嘴裡,叫牠順服,就能調動他的全身。 4 看哪,船隻雖然甚大,又被大風催逼,只用小小的舵就隨著掌舵的意思轉動。 5 這樣,舌頭在百體裡也是最小的,卻能說大話。看哪,最小的火能點著最大的樹林! 6 舌頭就是火,在我們百體中舌頭是個罪惡的世界,能汙穢全身,也能把生命的輪子點起來,並且是從地獄裡點著的。 7 各類的走獸、飛禽、昆蟲、水族本來都可以制伏,也已經被人制伏了; 8 唯獨舌頭,沒有人能制伏,是不止息的惡物,滿了害死人的毒氣。 9 我們用舌頭頌讚那為主、為父的,又用舌頭咒詛那照著神形象被造的人。 10 頌讚和咒詛從一個口裡出來,我的弟兄們,這是不應當的! 11 泉源從一個眼裡能發出甜苦兩樣的水嗎? 12 我的弟兄們,無花果樹能生橄欖嗎?葡萄樹能結無花果嗎?鹹水裡也不能發出甜水來。13 你們中間誰是有智慧、有見識的呢?他就當在智慧的溫柔上顯出他的善行來。 14 你們心裡若懷著苦毒的嫉妒和紛爭,就不可自誇,也不可說謊話抵擋真道。 15 這樣的智慧不是從上頭來的,乃是屬地的,屬情慾的,屬鬼魔的。 16 在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。 17 唯獨從上頭來的智慧,先是清潔,後是和平、溫良、柔順、滿有憐憫、多結善果、沒有偏見、沒有假冒; 18 並且使人和平的,是用和平所栽種的義果。

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. 3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. 13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

Discussion Questions:

1. Please share your experiences of how your words have either encouraged someone or otherwise.
2. Please share what biblical doctrines have truly influence you to live your life for Christ.