• James 2:25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?
    • The story of Rahab is found in Joshua 2
    • Wesley said of Rahab: After Abraham, the father of the Jews, the apostle cites Rahab, a woman, and a sinner of the gentiles; to show, that in every nation and sex true faith produces works, and is perfected by them; that is, by the grace of God working in the believer, while he is showing his faith by his works.
    • Matthew Henry said: Her former acquaintance must be discarded, her former course of life entirely abandoned, and she must give signal proof and evidence of this before she can be in a justified state; and even after she is justified, yet her former character must be remembered; not so much to her dishonour as to glorify the rich grace and mercy of God. Though justified, she is called Rahab the harlot.
  • 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
    • Wherever there is true faith, true works will follow.
    • We need to examine ourselves and see if true faith is producing true works.
      • What do I mean by true?
        • Not a faith that is just something you believe because you were taught to believe it.
        • Not acts of works that are done because that is what is expected of you.
        • Not faith that just says “OK, I believe Jesus is the Son of God” but does not make “The Son of God Lord of your life!”
        • Not works that are for the glory of man.
        • Not works that make you feel better about yourself.
    • The faith we are talking about here comes directly from God. And that faith produces Godly works. It is beyond you! It is really not even you! It is God in you at work! How glorious is that?
      • I know that without Him in me, nothing good would get done. I am full of pride, laziness, lust, greed, jealousy and if left to my own desires, I would stay home with hubby every day, locked away in my home and free from the demands of the ones in need. (Not that they demand anything of me directly, but with God in me, I hear their call for help and have the desire to help. That is all God!)

 

CHAPTER 3 OF JAMES (J. Vernon McGee titles this chapter “God Tests faith by the Tongue)

 

  • Vs 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
    • Why? There are several reasons I believe.
      • Much of this chapter talks about the tongue and it is so hard not to offend in speaking much. Teachers talk a lot. And, as with anyone, the ore you talk the much more chance you have of saying something that hurts someones feelings, makes them mad or just turns them off.
      • Also, if you teach, you are setting yourself up to say what you believe is right and if you are teaching someone is listening and might be swayed to believe what you say. And what if what you say is wrong, is against God’s will, is a lie? You have now just swayed someone into believing something that is false.
    • The pretense of knowledge adds to the teacher’s responsibility and condemnation. Teachers have to be willing to say, “I don’t know.” And to not guess on subjects they really don’t understand. So much damage can come from this.
    • Judged more strictly = greater sentence. There apparently will be an accounting!
      • Mat 7:2 For with whatever judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with whatever measure you measure out, it shall be measured to you again.
        • Here is the thing: If I study and then teach you about what I study, then I am going to be judged on that. I can’t go around telling others that they should not gossip but think it is alright for me to do it!
  • vs. 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
    • The tongue is one of the main things that separate us from animals. But it is the ugliest thing about us sometimes!
    • Everyone stumbles. And not only do we stumble, but in many ways. But the tongue is biggest tool used to make us stumble.
    • Here are sayings about the tongue:
      • The tongue is a badge which you and I wear, it identifies us. J V. McGee
      • It is the greatest index to life. It is the table of contents of our lives. J V. McGee
      • Our tongue gives us away, it tells who we are. J V. McGee
      • These next I got from:Claudia Miclaus on Buzzle.com
        • “The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.” Buddha quotes
        • “There is no evidence that the tongue is connected to the brain.” Frank Tyger
        • “Whatever is in the heart will come up to the tongue.” Persian Proverb
        • “One reason a dog is such a lovable creature is his tail wags instead of his tongue”
        • “You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” John Ford
        • “The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust” Josh Billings
        • “Before the tongue can speak, it must have lost the power to wound.” Peace Pilgrim
        • “Better slip with foot than tongue” Benjamin Franklin
        • “At table keep a short hand; in company keep a short tongue.” Turkish Proverb
        • “It does not always pay to have a golden tongue unless one has the ability to hold it” Paul Johnson
        • “When the heart is full the tongue will speak” Scottish Proverb
        • “I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.” Marcus Tullius Cicero
        • “A knife-wound heals, but a tongue wound festers.”Turkish Proverb
        • “A distinguished diplomat could hold his tongue in ten languages.”
          “Man’s tongue is soft, and bone doth lack; yet a stroke therewith may break a man’s back.” Benjamin Franklin
        • “A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.” Washington Irving quotes
      • The Bible has plenty to say about the tongue! But for now we will just look at what Solomon, to whom God bestowed great great wisdom!
        • Pro_6:17 a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
        • Pro_6:24 to keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
        • Pro_10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver; the heart of the wicked is worth little.
        • Pro_10:31 The mouth of the just brings forth wisdom; but the perverse tongue shall be cut out.
        • Pro_12:18 There are those who speak like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.
        • Pro_12:19 The lips of truth shall be established forever, but only while I wink is a lying tongue.
        • Pro_15:2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.
        • Pro_15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but crookedness in it is a break in the spirit.
        • Pro_16:1 The ordering of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from Jehovah.
        • Pro_17:4 A wicked doer gives heed to false lips; a liar gives ear to an evil tongue.
        • Pro_17:20 He who has a perverse heart finds no good, and he who has a crooked tongue falls into mischief.
        • Pro_18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat the fruit of it.
        • Pro_21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro by those who seek death.
        • Pro_21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles.
        • Pro_25:15 In being slow to anger a ruler is won over, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.
        • Pro_25:23 The north wind drives away rain; so does an angry face a backbiting tongue.
        • Pro_26:28 A lying tongue hates those afflicted by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
        • Pro_28:23 He who rebukes a man shall afterwards find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.
        • Pro_31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
    • So this verse tells us that if we can keep from offending (sinning, hurting others) by our tongue:
      • then we are perfect. (in this case it means a full grown mature Christian).
      • And that we will have no problem with any other part of body getting out of control.
    • So true! I have committed more sin and hurt more people with my tongue than with any other part of my body! I wish I could take them all back, but that is the rub, isn’t it. Once something is out of your mouth, it can never be unsaid! No amount of apologizing or regret can make it as if it was never said. It is much better to never of said it. I pray I can learn this lesson in application. I feel like I have it right this minute, but I am alone. Easy to hold it now!
      • So how do I hold it? What can we do? Stay with me on this study and we will learn!