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1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound, the multitude came together, and they were bewildered because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans, and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

Acts 2:1-12

 

 

Thought: 

 

but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. James 3:8-10

 

There is a heavenly and human language. Which is most commonly seen in our present-day society, The fire in our tongue can purify and destroy.

 

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

1 Corinthians 13:1

 

Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 10:19

 

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil

and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good;

they must seek peace and pursue it.”

1 Peter 3:10-11

 

 

Introduction:

 

The tongue is the most powerful member of the body. There is great power in the words that we speak and how we interpret the words that we speak..  We really ‘eat our words’, so we need to choose them wisely. The best we can do is to say things the way God speaks, this is only achieved by diligently studying the word so that it renews our mind and gives us a heart like His.

 

 

  1. The Tongue as a weapon (Two edge sword) – Words that burst out can bring deep wounds. Maybe you have been on the receiving end of powerful words like these: You’ll never amount to anything!

 

Are there words you shouldn’t have said recently? If so, now is the time to make it right and ask forgiveness of both God and the person you spoke ill towards.

(1) Blaming God when tempted to do wrong (James 1:13-14). God never tempts us to sin; temptation arises when a man is lured away by his own lust.

(2) Speaking hypocritically (James 1:26). It is easy to do this, and what a terrible statement about this very thing is found in Titus 1:16!

(3) Expressing discrimination between rich and poor fellow believers (James 2:1-4). Discrimination between people’s colour, background, race, and status in life can be thoroughly un-Christian.

(4) Speaking unsympathetically to those in need (James 2:15-16). With so much poverty in our world, we need to search our hearts.

(5) Boasting and flattering, thus causing a destructive fire (James 3:5). Just one word can cause a family upset or division in a church; see James 3:14.

(6) Grumbling against each other (James 4:12; 5:9). Moffatt renders Romans 14:12-13: ““Each of us will have to answer for himself to God, so stop criticising one another!””

(7) Swearing or blaspheming (James 5:12). Many non-Christians are careless with their words, even taking the Lord’s name in vain. How careful we must be as believers –- 1 Peter 3:10.

 

The tongue is a weapon that can wound another person deeply. If you carry a weapon that can wound, you have to carry it with great care. Remember that your tongue is such a weapon. We sometimes talk about “cutting remarks” and here in Proverbs we read that “rash words are like sword thrusts” 

(Prov. 12:18)

 

Death is in the power of the tongue. Our Lord tells us that the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder,” includes death by words. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ [or “raca,” a term of contempt that means “You’re useless!”] will be liable to the hell of fire” (Matt. 5:21-22).

 

- A resolution to make - Psalm 17:3; Psalm 39:1.

- A warning to take note of - Matthew 12:34-37.

- A prayer to pray - Psalm 19:14; Psalm 141:3.

 

  1. The Tongue as a gift – The gift of tongues was a divinely bestowed supernatural ability to speak in a human language that had not been learned by the one speaking. According to the Apostle Paul, when believers exercised the gift of tongues in church, they were to speak one at a time, and only two or three were to speak in a given service (1 Cor. 14:27)
  • Interpretation of Tongue - Along with the gift of speaking in tongues is another spiritual gift mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:10—the gift of interpreting tongues. The gift of interpreting tongues is the ability to translate a foreign language into the language of the hearers. The gift of interpreting tongues is a separate gift, but it seems to have been used in conjunction with the gift of speaking in tongues.

 

  • 1 Cor. 12:30  - Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!
  • The gift of tongues was the supernatural ability to speak a foreign language that the tongues-speaker had never learned. We see this gift in use in Acts 2:4–12, as the Jews in Jerusalem heard the gospel preached in a wide variety of languages

 

  1. The Tongue as a Blessing – 

 

(1) To praise God (James 3:9), which in one translation reads, ““We use our tongue to praise our Heavenly Father””. We should be doing this every day –- read through Psalms 148, 149 and 150!

-  To pray to God:

- For wisdom (James 1:5-6).

- For help for those in trouble (James 5:13-16).

- For healing (James 5:14-15).

- For large requests (James 5:17-18).

- For backsliders to be restored (James 5:19-20).

- To sing to the Lord (James 5:13). Turn to Psalm 51:14 and make the same resolution.

     - To witness for the Lord. This is not actually mentioned by James, but we must include it –- Psalm 107:2; Acts 1:8.

           

With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. James 3:9

 

Genesis 1:26

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it."

 

Psalm 63:4

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

 

 

       We have seen that our tongues can be used in many bad ways and in a number of good ways. How can it be controlled? Only by the Holy Spirit. Have you ever asked the Holy Spirit to take control of your tongue? In Romans 6:13 we are exhorted to offer the parts of our body to God ““as instruments of righteousness” - our hands, eyes, feet…and tongue. Have you ever given your tongue to the Lord for Him to control it? Do so now, and as we conclude this study here is:

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