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James 3

January 8, 2010

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

12 thoughts on “James 3”

  1. v.1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

    The important word here is "presume". Later in the chapter James talks about the importance of controlling the tongue, meaning your speech. This is especially true for those who want to teach.

    Sometimes young Christians feel like they have learnt so much about the Christian life (and they have) so they want to teach. They don't realize how much there is to learn.

    I guess that's true for all of us – no matter how much we know, God always has more for us to learn.

  2. v.1 Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

    The important word here is "presume". Later in the chapter James talks about the importance of controlling the tongue, meaning your speech. This is especially true for those who want to teach.

    Sometimes young Christians feel like they have learnt so much about the Christian life (and they have) so they want to teach. They don't realize how much there is to learn.

    I guess that's true for all of us – no matter how much we know, God always has more for us to learn.

  3. v.2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

    Encouraging that “we all stumble” especially after writing about teachers. We don’t have to be perfect or know it all to teach.

  4. v.2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

    Encouraging that “we all stumble” especially after writing about teachers. We don’t have to be perfect or know it all to teach.

  5. v.6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

    This is strong language. Our words are more powerful than we understand. It has been said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But James makes it perfectly clear, by comparing the tongue to a fire, that words have the power to destroy.

  6. v.6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

    This is strong language. Our words are more powerful than we understand. It has been said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But James makes it perfectly clear, by comparing the tongue to a fire, that words have the power to destroy.

  7. v.14-16 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth…For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

    All the bad stuff starts with a wrong heart attitude.

  8. v.14-16 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth…For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

    All the bad stuff starts with a wrong heart attitude.

  9. v.17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

    8 characteristics of God’s wisdom are listed: pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, good fruit, impartial and sincere.

  10. v.17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

    8 characteristics of God’s wisdom are listed: pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, good fruit, impartial and sincere.

  11. v.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

    Work (sow) from a position of peace, not from a position of panic, or chaos.

  12. v.18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

    Work (sow) from a position of peace, not from a position of panic, or chaos.

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