Controlling the Tongue
- Those who teach will be judged more strictly.
- Anyone who is never at fault in whatever they say is perfect.
- No human begin can tame the tongue.
- The tongue is restless evil, filled with deadly poison.
- Harboring bitter envy and selfish ambition is no wisdom that comes down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual and demonic.
- To use proper speech you must not only say the right words at the right time but also not say what you shouldn't.
- Examples of an untamed tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating others, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering and lying.
- Before we speak, we should ask, "Is what I want to say true?" "Is it necessary?" "Is it kind?"
Philippians 3:14 & 2 Corinthians 4:4-9
Phi. 3 v14 - I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Cor. 3 v8 - We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; v9 - Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
Subject: Stand Firm and Rejoice in the Lord
- In Ephesians 3, Paul is fighting for Gentiles right to be Christians.
- Jews and Gentiles are to be viewed as one with Christ.
- Paul had the Great Commission to to into the world to preach the word of God.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31 -Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Ways We Are Pulled
- Downward pull - not speaking a kind word but always seems to say you know Christ. Always finding fault with others. You don't feel good about yourself, so you demean others.
- Inward pull - self centered, self righteous and having own agenda.
- Backward pull - lack of vision for progress or anything else.
- Press outward pull - pushing upward toward Christ. Wanting to walk the correct way.
- Upward pull - happy in Christ in spite of what's going on around them.