James 3: 2-6

Real Estate Agent with Advantage Homes


The Power of the Human Tongue:


Today, Pastor Ricky of Calvary Chapel in Santa Barbara spoke about our words…Pretty heady stuff actually.  And, as he is a good pastor, he used James 3:2-6 to drive the point home. 


Our words are so powerful.  They determine our state of mind and the state of mind for everyone in our surroundings.   They determine our strengths against carnality.  Gossip, Innuendo, criticisms, lies, and so many other words and attitueds contribute to the overall “disease” of our lives and our churches and our nation.  How many marriages died because of habitual complaints about things that are just not that important?  How many teenagers are seeking acceptance from those people that might harm them because they hear “criticism” about themselves too frequently at home?  How many times could we have stayed out of the “fray” and not interjected our opinion (especially in emotionally charged situations) and prevented a complete meltdown?  How many times does the “flesh” demand to be “heard” in a situation where injecting our opinions would not convince anyone or solve the issue.  BUT, we want to be heard because we are so “right!”   

And how about this…cussing so you are “more current” with the language of those you are trying to reach…I have even heard of cussing from the pulpit…excuse me?  When did cussing make a minister “hip enough” to reach the masses. 

So, if you’re brave, take a moment and replay all of the conversations you had in the last few days…even the silent conversations with yourself…Were the words Spirit filled and Spirit motivated?   If you are like me, we have some clean-up to do…

My next e-mail is to Pastor Ricky, thanking him for his ever present "shepherd's crook."

So Lord, guard the door to my tongue (and the little voice in my head) and make my words for edification and for Your glory.  Help me get out of my own way and put Your purpose first.  In the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, AMEN!

Comments (5)

Terry Rasner-Yacenda
Broker,Owner - Dreams Realty - Reno, NV
"Dreams Realty"

Hi Kim -- nice thoughts; nice day at church.  When we get whipped by our tongues, satan is usually tugging on them.  God bless you!

May 18, 2008 04:14 PM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ

Kim- I think that is a battle we all need to be aware of all the time. I spoke about swearing on the radio program yesterday

May 18, 2008 11:32 PM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

We all have things to take care of in our lives...."Anyone who says they do not sin is a liar..."

Sometimes the things that hurt in our lives are the results of past sin..... even though we have stopped the sinning....

May the Lord continue to help us walk closely with Him.....

"The Lord will not despise a broken heart or a bruised spirit......"


May 19, 2008 03:19 AM
Patty Ledford
RE/MAX Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
Your N. Ga. Mountain Agent -The Ledford Team-Blue

Kim-what a great post. This is some of the things that have been on my heart and I just posted a blog about doubt that is playing heavy on me. Thanks so much for this great post.

May 19, 2008 04:13 AM
Kim Martinez
Advantage Homes - Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Real Estate Specialist

Hi Terry, Hugh, Alexander and Patty,

Thanks for commenting on James this week.  I want you all to know how much it means to have Christian professionals come along side me and agree on some fundamentals.   God bless you all and God bless this platform on AR that makes us all available to one another.

May 19, 2008 06:55 PM