The Tongue an Unruly Evil Jas 3:8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
The Bible describes all kinds of tongues. Today we are studying tongues that are an unruly evil. Notice the unruly evil of a:
Crafty tongue – Job 15:5 – “thou choosest the tongue of the crafty.” This tongue is similar to the Deceitful tongue – Ps 52:4 – “thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.” [Ps 120:2]. See Eph 4:14. This is the wily, subtle tongue just like the devil used against Eve in Gen 3.
Flattering tongue – Ps 5:9 – “they flatter with their tongue.” [Prov 6:24] Don’t flatter others and don’t believe them when they flatter you.
Proud tongue – Ps 12:3 – “the tongue that speakest proud things.” You can tell this tongue because it uses the words “I” and “Me” a lot.
Piercing tongue – Ps 57:4 – “their tongue a sharp sword.” [Prov 12:18] We say about a person with this kind of tongue, “He is always cutting people down.”
Lying tongue – Ps 109:2 – they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. This tongue must be put off and it is easy to spot; just hold up what it says to the truth.
Froward tongue – Prov 10:31 – “the froward tongue shall be cut out.” A froward tongue is not easily controlled; stubbornly willful.
Naughty tongue – Prov 17:4 – “a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue.” A naughty tongue is wicked, bad, and evil. You see this tongue a lot in Hollywood movies. Stay away!!
Perverse tongue – Prov 17:20 – “he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief.” A perverse tongue deviates from what is considered right or good.
Backbiting tongue – Prov 25:23 – “so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.” Don’t talk behind other peoples’ backs. If you can’t tell them straight to their face, then don’t say it.
Raging tongue – Hos 7:16 – “their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue.” This is the uncontrolled, angry tongue. Don’t rage at others. Get control of your spirit through temperance and then speak without raging.
Conclusion: these are descriptions of the tongue that is an unruly evil. This is the tongue of the natural man. When you get saved, the Lord wants to fix your tongue and make it a good tongue. More on that in the next broadcast.