Thoughts on James 3
Speaking in Public




James 3:1. My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. I was taught that being a leader should be avoided because any bad conduct would bring a harsher penalty than that received by non-leaders. (In fact I was told, "Don't aspire to leadership. Be a follower." If you are a leader such as Jesus, Paul or James  people who don't like you will criticized everything you say or do.
2. For in many things we offend all. Be careful about what you say so as not to offend anyone. If you speak up, 'everyone' will find a way to take offence.
If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Question: And why should I join your church?

Answer:  "Because Pastor Sweatie is such a nice person. He never offends anyone."

You would have to be a perfect man in perfect control to completely avoid criticism.
3.  Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. This is how a cowboy controls a horse. People will put words in your mouth so as to control you. And twist  your words around to mean the exact opposite of what you actually said.
4.  Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5.  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6.  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

Be careful what you say so as not to cause problems.



Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time can cause a lot of problems.


Watch what you say so as not to offend.

Luther was an orator. Luther's fiery tongue lit the Reformation.

A good orator can turn around a whole nation.

Churchill with words directed England (the ship) which was driven of fierce winds (World War 2)

On the other side, Hitler and his 'tongue of fire' that 'defileth the whole body' resulted in the destruction of Germany.

Message; If you want to influence the destiny of a people or nation, become an orator.

If a nation is headed in the wrong direction public speakers can turn things around. (Bit in horse's mouth.)

7.  For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8.  But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

Guns overcome all.


Be careful what you say because it is very difficult to control your speech and gossip is a deadly poison.

You can conquer most anything with guns and other weapons.

But oratory is more powerful and conquers all and can be used for good or for bad.

The spoken word is more powerful than guns.


What do you think? Sit down and shut up! Let Pastor Sweaty do all the talking. Now let's sing In the Garden. If you want to change the world become a thick skinned (Verse 1) dynamic public speaker like Luther, Hitler or Churchill.


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