Taming the Tongue

Yesterday was a good Sunday. In the morning, Tim started a new series on the Ten Commandments. He spoke about why the Ten Commandments were important even today. Knowing that I always have an objective standard of right and wrong to live by is great. Tim pointed out that when God spoke the Ten Commandments He did not stutter. We don’t have to wonder about God’s intentions. The Ten Commandments are concise and easy to understand.

After church we had lunch and went geocaching went Tim and the kids. We had lots of fun hiking a couple of different trails.

The kids had so much fun looking for “buried treasure.” Even Angel, the Lewis’ dog, loved the afternoon hike. She made sure that she ran through every stream of water and brushed mud up against our legs and clothes. ūüôā

After our hike/geocaching we went to church for youth group meeting. It was a good youth group. Lyle taught a lesson on James 3:1-12 on taming the tongue.

1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.3When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5Likewise 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. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.¬†10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.¬†11Can both fresh water and salt¬†water flow from the same spring?¬†12My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Isn’t that a great passage? We can only control such a powerful tool with God’s help. The more we become like Him, the more our mouths will be fresh springs. The group listened pretty well to the lesson and only got distracted a few times. During hangout time after the lesson we had some issues with PDA between a couple of the students. No PDA is one of the rules during youth group meetings and events. However this rule tends to get broken more than most. ¬†Overall, it was a good, fun youth group meeting.

Pray for this group of students as we begin to build better relationships with them. Also, and most importantly, prayer that God works in their hearts and convicts them to come to know Him.

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