Ezekiel 16-17, James 3 • Key Verse: James 3:2
Among the most difficult sins to remove from our lives are those we commit with our words.
James makes this so clear when he writes,
“If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in
The word translated “perfect” does not mean “totally without fault or sin.” As it is used here, it
speaks of the Christians maturity. The mature believer will control what he says. The implication
plainly is that if one does not control his tongue, he is not mature.
A second important truth in this verse relates to the rest of our character. Since the tongue is so
hard to reign in, the believer who can control the tongue gains control of himself in all other
areas of life also. It’s like in a war: when major cities are captured, the rest of the country is as
well. So when we are able to keep our tongue in check, we have developed the discipline and
maturity to keep other aspects of our life in line as well.
God wants us to be mature believers, not spiritual infants in our thinking and actions. Control of
the tongue is a crucial component of spiritual maturity. It is not impossible, just supernatural.
You cannot do it on your own, but you can do it with God’s help.
The question is not if you can learn to control your tongue but whether you wilt. Study James 3.
Get the Word into your heart. Ask God to help you mature by keeping your tongue in check.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett