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A Window Into Our Hearts (James 3:1-18)

Mike BucherMike Bucher, 05/05/2019

Part of the Exposition of James series, preached at a Sunday Morning service.

We are in James, chapter 3 and it is one of the most profound chapters in the Bible...

It points out how powerful the tongue is. Our words can have such an impact for good or bad and effect the rest of our lives and the lives of others. We can destroy people with our tongue or we can impart life.

An important point is the fact that we cannot control it in our own strength. The tongue/mouth is a window into our hearts. Whatever comes out of our mouths reveals what is filling our hearts. There are four possible sources for our thoughts/words/actions.

They are; The world, our own wicked hearts, the devil, or God the Holy Spirit. We can drink from, be inspired by and fill our hearts and minds by any of these four. The one we drink from, the one we fill ourselves from - will then flow out of us.

If we see filthiness, cursing, perversion, deceit, anger, hatred come out of our mouths then we can know for sure that these things are what fills our hearts. If we see life, joy, peace, love come out of our mouths then we can know that the Lord is filling our hearts.

We cannot change our hearts but God can. If we see the bad things flowing out, we need to lift our hearts to God. We need to confess what we see to Him and ask Him to give us a new heart. We need Him to cleanse our hearts and then we need to fill our hearts and minds with Him through His word and worship.

Our world needs people who will affect it for good and not evil. It all starts in our heart. Only Jesus can fix the problem. He knocks on the door of our hearts. We must open the door to Him. He will come in, give us a new heart forgive us.

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About Mike Bucher: Mike Bucher is Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Cleveland.
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James 3:1-18

1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold 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. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And 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. 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (KJV)