The uncontrollable tongue!
James 3:1-12 James has already spoken about the tongue 1:19: ‘Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry’ 1:26: ‘Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.’ But now he expands on what he has said. He starts by talking about teachers, about people who use the tongue to teach of Jesus. He challenges a church where people were pushing themselves forward to be teachers. Everybody wanted to be up at the front, doing the ‘limelight’ jobs. I don’t think that that is an issue here. In fact I think we have the opposite problem: we actually need more people who are willing to be teachers – teachers of children, teachers in our groups, teachers here in church. We need people who are prepared, before God, to give themselves to this work, and to choose to place themselves under the stricter judgement But I guess that there is a point: don’t ass