We have such a thoughtful group. Small group studies are supposed to be for the benefit of the students but I feel that give me more to think about than I give them. James is a valuable and usable book of the Bible and I do love to teach it!
In Monday School, It is as important to know HOW to study as it is to know the information. We are not seeking simple intellectual knowledge but God’s wisdom. To do this we will hone three skills: Observation-spiritual reading, Interpretation-spiritual seeking, and Application-putting truth into practice.
It will make more sense if you take a moment and read the text before you read our note. CLICK HERE FOR JAMES CHAPTER 3
If you look at the whole of this chapter, “Taming the tongue” and wisdom are intimately tied together. These two things are essential to spiritual grown and a healthy witness to Jesus Christ.
We all agreed that this was hard and all of us have had “foot in mouth” disease at some point or another. To be and become a mature, the literal meaning of “Perfect”, is centered on keeping your tongue in check. It seems like such a small thing but it is amazing how a good word can change the world but a bad word from the same person can destroy it. We bless and curse from the same face but cannot grow in Christ until we become a fountain of fresh blessing. Basically, James tells us that the tongue cannot be tamed yet it MUST be tamed.
Why, because it is wisdom that we are designed for and not merely well crafted words. James presents two types of wisdom. One wisdom is the “restless evil of earthly, demonic and natural wisdom. This makes sense only if Christ is absent from our life. And the peaceable, gentle, reasonable and merciful wisdom of Christ that is proven through our works, or fruit, of righteousness. We will choose one of these with our words and our works. There is no “Both/And” it is “Either/Or”.
This is where this chapter meets the daily life in Christ; When word and deed meet in God’s wisdom and “Sown in Peace by those who make peace”, our lives flourish and those around us prosper as much as we do.
Next week Chapter 4: The process of growth and the role of suffering. All are welcome to join in the study at any time on Mondays at 6:00. Group members and others are welcome to add a comment