July 09, 2023 | Resources | Discussion | Adult by James B. Angus, Jr.
THE LETTER OF JAMES PART 6
Taming the Tongue
July 9, 2023
Otter Creek Church
- In James 3:1, James warns about the responsibility and potential dangers of being a teacher. What specific challenges or pitfalls do you think James is addressing, and how can his words be applied to teachers and leaders in various contexts today?
- James compares the tongue to a small flame that can ignite a great fire. What are some examples of how our words can have a significant impact, both positively and negatively, on others? How can we guard our speech and use our words for good?
- James describes the tongue as "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (James 3:8). Why do you think he uses such strong language to characterize the tongue? How does this perspective on the power of our words influence our interactions with others?
- James highlights the inconsistency of blessing God and cursing others with the same mouth (James 3:9-10). What does this reveal about the integrity of our faith and the importance of our speech aligning with our beliefs? How can we ensure that our words reflect our commitment to God and love for others?
- James emphasizes the importance of wisdom in controlling the tongue (James 3:13-18). How does he define wisdom in this context, and what role does it play in our speech and interactions with others? How can we cultivate wisdom to speak with grace and understanding?