INTRODUCTION: This is one of the lines from a little children's song that we often teach our kids and sometimes sing it during Vacation Bible School. We think of it as a "kids' song" but it is far more than that! We should be very careful what our tongue speaks! The uncontrolled tongue is especially harmful and dangerous to the body of Christ.
I. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CONTROLLING THE TONGUE?
A. The Old Testament warns us about avoiding gossip and evil speaking.II. WHY IS AN UNCONTROLLED TONGUE SO DANGEROUS?1. Leviticus 19:16- "'You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD."B. The New Testament tells us to put away the wicked use of the tongue.
A. Because words rashly spoken can have serious consequences.III. GOSSIP AND MURMURING IS ESPECIALLY HARMFUL TO A CONGREGATION OF THE LORD'S PEOPLE!1. Jephthah made a rash vow with an uncontrolled tongue which caused him great grief.B. Because it will affect the lives of individuals for a lifetime.a. Judges 11:30-402. It was because of rash speaking that King Herod ended up having John the Baptist beheaded, even though Herod did not want it done.a. Mark 6:22-281. James 3:6- "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell."C. A man who has an uncontrolled tongue brings pain and hurt upon himself.
A. The Scriptures speak of the kind of person that will gossip and speak evil among God's people.CONCLUSION: "I am more deadly than the screaming shell of the cannon. I win without killing. I tear down homes, break hearts, wreck lives. I travel on the wings of the wind. No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me, no purity pure enough to daunt me. I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenseless. My victims1. Titus 1:9-11 "holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. 10- for there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11- whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain."B. Murmuring against the church and it's work is destructive to the body and earns the displeasure of Jehovah God..1. God showed his displeasure at His people murmuring in the Old Testament.a. Exodus 15:24- "And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?""2. 1 Corinthians 10:10-11 "nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11- Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come."
are as numerous as the sands of the sea and often as innocent. I never forget and seldom forgive. My name is Gossip."
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