Washing your mouth out with hope [Sermon]

Have you ever heard of someone getting their mouth washed out with soap?

I’m guessing it’s not something that happens very much anymore, if ever. And that’s a good thing! But have you ever wondered why people did that? Among other things, it was a symbolic act meant to teach a child that their words were unclean, dirty or inappropriate and therefore needed to be purified—or “washed.”

In the Bible, James has a lot to say about the potential harm of words: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body” (James 3:6).

He doesn’t mince words, does he?

In this sermon from October 18, 2020, I open James 3:1-12 to explain what James means, and to identify how we should and shouldn’t use words and why.

Your tongue is the biggest muscle in your body. And your words have power to bring hurt, help, hope or healing. Which do you choose?

Here is the YouTube version, and the audio-only download is underneath:

Audio-only:


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