The Test of Faith - Watch Your Words, Part 3
Passage: James 3:8–3:12
The significance of the letter of James is that he is used by God to identify the root of our problem. Remember that the message of James is genuine faith. Genuine faith is seen in the experience of trials then through the action or good works.
Here in chapter 3, James teaches that genuine faith is seen in the use of our tongue or good words.
1A. THE DANGER OF THE TONGUE (3:5-8a)
1B. Selfish words, verse 5a.
2B. Destructive words, verses 5b-6.
3B. Untamable words, verses 7-8a.
2A. THE DESCRIPTION OF THE TONGUE (3:8b-12)
1B. THE FORMS OF OUR WORDS (3:8b-10)
1C. The highest form of speech
2C. The lowest form of speech
2B. THE SOURCE OF OUR WORDS (3:11-12)
1C. Like a spring, verses 11 and 12b
2C. Like a tree, verse 12b.
The root problem is not our words or actions, it is our heart. One’s actions and words are transformed when one’s heart is first transformed by the Gospel. Afterwards, the practice of faith is displayed by actions and words. How can we practice a faith with good works and good words?
The application of these truths is outlined in 3:13-18. We need divine intervention. We need God’s wisdom. Praise the Lord that God is present to help us and give us the wisdom we need to do good works and speak good words for His glory!