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Breaking the Curse of Words Week 2

This 4 week series is all about words. The good. The bad. The ugly. We are surrounded by words, spoken and unspoken every day. Sometimes those words encourage us, inspire us and help us. Sometimes those words discourage us, defeat us and hurt us. It's when words are used negatively that there is a danger. It's possible some of those words stick to us and begin to hold us back. They begin to curse us. What if you could break that curse and be free from those words? In this series we want to show you how!

Big Idea: Why do words weigh us down?

Text: James 3: 5b-12

Consider how a small fire sets ablaze a large forest. 6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among our members. It stains the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7Every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and fish is tamed and has been tamed by humankind, 8but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9With the tongue we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in God’s likeness. 10Blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, these things should not be this way. 11Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening? 12Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

©2017 Holman Bible Publishers

Key Thought: V5b-6 - The unrighteous condition of our words

Key Thought: V7-8a - The unruly nature of our words

Key Thought: V8b - The unhealthy result of our words

Key Thought: V9-12 The unreliable state of our words

The Take-Away: Words are empowered by the condition of our hearts.