This week we get to talk about controlling the tongue.  Please read along with us in James 3:1-12. If you have ever had young children you quickly realize that the “little sponges” are hanging on every word that Mommy and Daddy say.  Children show you where your heart really is; they act as a mirror for our souls.  If we are quick to anger or say hurtful things, they mirror it.  At the same time we have all known Godly men and women who are slow to anger and abound in love, these wise believers set a wonderful example of bridling their tongues.
Reflection Questions:

  1. Hebrews 13:17 says that we are to have confidence in our leaders and submit to their authority because they will have to give an account for us.  What else does James teach about leaders accountability in James 3:1?
  2. A person’s words reflect their character and are a glimpse into their whole being. James emphasizes works in this book. What does James 3:3 demonstrate for us in regards to our tongue? How can having control over your tongue lead to good works?
  3. In James 3:5-6 we see that the tongue boasts of great things.  Pride can be a very hard sin, especially in our materialistic society.  In Philippians 2:3, Paul instructs us to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, rather in humility value others over yourselves.  How has this been a problem for you?  Can you find places in life where you have succeeded with this?
  4. On Sundays, we come together to worship God together as a congregation. In James 3:9 he points out that with the same mouth we worship God yet curse people who are made in God’s image.  Have you been guilty of this in the past?  How does knowing that all people are created in God’s image give you more patience with people who may nerve you?