嘴唇所結的果子 (1) :『心裏所充滿的,口裏就說出來』

背誦經文:耶和我的磐石,我的救贖主啊,願我口中的言語、心裏的意念在你面前蒙悅納(19:14)

 

A.            由雅各書第三章看舊人的口舌

     a.   舌頭雖小,其影響力卻極大

Š       3 我們若把嚼環放在馬嘴裏,叫牠順服,就能調動牠的全身。4 看哪,船隻雖然甚大,又被大風催逼,只用小小的舵,就隨著掌舵的意思轉動。5 這樣,舌頭在百體裏也是最小的,卻能說大話。看哪,最小的火能點著最大的樹林。(3:3-5) 

  1. 舊人的口舌是極其可怕的

Š       6 舌頭就是火,在我們百體中,舌頭是個罪惡的世界,能污穢全身,也能把生命的輪子點起來,並且是從地獄裏點著的。(3:6)

Š       是不止息的惡物,滿了害死人的毒氣。(3:8b)

  1. 沒有人能制伏自己的舌頭

Š       7 各類的走獸、飛禽、昆蟲、水族,本來都可以制伏,也已經被人制伏了;8 惟獨舌頭沒有人能制伏,是不止息的惡物,滿了害死人的毒氣。(3:7-8)

Š       原來我們在許多事上都有過失;若有人在話語上沒有過失,他就是完全人,也能勒住自己的全身。(3:2)

B.   口舌是心的發表:它顯明出生命的源頭和品質

C.  「感恩」與「讚美」都是嘴唇所結果子的典範

 

 

The Fruit of the Lips (1): “For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks“

 

Memorization Verse: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Ps 19:14)

 

A. Let’s observe the tongue of the old man from chapter 3 of the Book of James

a. Though small, it possesses extremely great influential power

3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4  Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5  Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. (James 3:3-5)

b. The tongue of the old man is exceedingly dreadful

6  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. (James 3:6)

It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8b)

c. No man can tame his own tongue

7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8  But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:7-8)

2  For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. (James 3:2)

 

B. The tongue is the expression of the heart: it reveals the source and quality of the life within

43  “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44  For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart [a] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45)

10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11  Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12  Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. (James 3:10-12)

 

C. Both Thanksgiving and Praise are the models (good examples) of the fruit of the lips.

Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High … Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; (Ps 50:14,23)

15  Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. (Heb 13:15)

4 … As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5  “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:4b-5)