1 month 2 weeks ago #11957 by FemiClef
  (World Press Freedom Day) TOPIC: LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW Read James 3:1-121 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.3 Indeed, a we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 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. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.  MEMORISE:He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit (Proverbs 17:27) EXPOSITIONOur spoken words carry two forces. This is worth nothing and discussing as the world celebrates the Press Freedom Day. There are death and life in the power of the tongue. Our spoken words carry one of these two forces - death and life - at a time, judging by the way we select our words and spare them (Prov. 18:21). We should let our words be few for the following reasons: Respect is lost when words are many. We weigh people by their words (Prov. 17:27). If you want to know the level of wisdom and understanding of a person, listen to his words. Wise people carefully select their words when they speak. They use words with restraint before other people. A truly wise person uses few words. (Prov. 17:28) Those who know much say little and those who know little say much. It is an empty barrel that makes the most sound. Too much talking can result in sin. The Scripture says, In the multitude of words sin in not lacking, but he who restraints his lips is wise (Prov. 10:19). Wise people do not talk any how in order not to commit themselves. As the Scripture says, If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body (James 3:2). When you sin with your words, you lose authority of prayer (Jas. 3:9-12). You can endanger your life by many words. You keep your soul from trouble, if you know how to guard your mouth and tongue (Prov. 21:23) According to the Word of God, if you guard your mouth, you preserve your life. But if you open your mouth too much, you will have destruction (Prov. 13:3). To round it up, let's cultivate the idea of thinking twice before we speak out (Prov. 29:20) Don't forget that your words carry power. Let your words be few. PRAYER POINT:1. Father, give me capacity to always tame my tongue.2. I pray my tongue should not put me into danger in Jesus name.3. Lord, help our people in ministry of intercession to let their words be few in public, for them to maintain their authority of prayer. EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:1 Sam. 22:21 - 25:10; Luke 21:3 - 21:24. Author: CAC WorldwideRemain blessed!

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