A Street Level Faith: Worthy Words (Book of James)

A Street Level Faith: Book of James

“Worthy Words”

James 5:12



James 5:12 (NIV)

‘Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple "Yes" or "No." Otherwise you will be condemned.’


  • Psalm 12:2; Proverbs 6:16-19; Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9


 1.   The Deliberation of our Words

Genesis 3:1-6; James 1:26; James 2:12


 2.   The Identification of our Words

Philippians 4:3-7; John 14:6, 8:32, 17:17


 3.   The Instruction of our Words

Ephesians 4:29-31, 5:3-4; Matthew 5:33-37, 12:36

             Psalm 15:4; Leviticus 19:12


 4.   The Restriction of our Words

John 8:44; Revelation 19:11


5.   The Motivation of our Words

Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; James 5:9; John 5:24; Romans 8:1

     1 Corinthians 3:15, 11:32; James 3:2; John 1:14



John 1:14 (MSG)

‘The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son,

Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.’



James 5:12 (MSG)

And since you know that he cares, let your language show it. Don’t add words like “I swear to God” to your own words. Don’t show your impatience by concocting oaths to hurry up God. Just say yes or no. Just say what is true. That way, your language can’t be used against you.

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