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James 3:2-10
Productive? or Destructive?

Proverbs 13:3 “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”

James 1:26 “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself and your religion is worthless.”

Matthew 16:23  

Proverbs 13:3


  • Speaks Idle or Careless Words

Matthew 12:36

  • Gossips

Gossip Test: Can you answer "YES" to all 5 of these? If not, YOU are gossiping

* Is it True?

* Is it Necessary?

* Is it Beneficial?

* Do I have Permission to Share it?

* Is my Motive Pure?   

  • Lies  

Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”  

  • Swears and Curses    


  • Exercises Profitable Silence

Ecclesiastes 3:7 “...there is a time to keep silent.”

  • Does Not Gossip
  • Is Addicted to Witnessing
  • Speaks the Truth in Love
  • Does Not Grumble and Complain

I Corinthians 10:10

  • Makes Positive Confessions
  • Continually Praises the Lord

Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”