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THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 99th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
LESSON TITLE: TAMING THE TONGUE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: BITE YOUR TONGUE
Printed Text: James 3:1-12
KEY VERSE:James 3:5 (NIV)
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 99th Edition, 2019-2020
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
The spoken word can be either an affirming or destructive force in the lives of vulnerable humans. How can the affirming force prevail in human interactions? James informs believers that only through the discipline required in taming the tongue can the fruits of godly wisdom be made visible in the lives of others.
Since the power of life and death is in the tongue, then we must be careful to harness the power of our words. The careless use of the tongue can burn down relationships and demolish institutions. As we use our tongues to bring hope, healing, and encouragement to others we will live out what it means to be the living letters referenced in 2 Corinthians 3:23 (NIV); “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
Dear LORD, please give us the grace to develop the discipline we need to control our words, so that all we say and do honors you and uplifts others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen