So far I have read about 8 verses. James is penning this to Israel in Diaspora. That means the Messianic Jews dispersed from Jerusalem to parts all around. Yeshua-loving, believing Jews that left Jerusalem due to life-threatening persecution.
And by chapter 3 of his letter, he begins with this: Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, since you know that we will be judged more severely. 2 For we all stumble in many ways; if someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who can bridle his whole body.
I am thinking some of his audience were thinking of becoming teachers of Scripture. He cautioned them.
Teachers use their tongues (today teachers also use keyboards).
James then goes into an extended exhortation about the importance of the tongue AND the impossibility of controlling it. He gives examples like big ships can be guided by a small rudder; horses can be turned this way and that by a simple bit; one spark of fire can burn an entire forest, but the tongue.
Oh, the tongue can burn down a life in a flash. and who can stop it?
7 For people have tamed and continue to tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures; 8 but the tongue no one can tame — it is an unstable and evil thing, full of death-dealing poison! source
Reading on, what does he say?
9 With it we bless Adonai, the Father; and with it we curse people, who were made in the image of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing! Brothers, it isn’t right for things to be this way. source
I think I shall not expound on that but I am glad James did.
He explains only man does this. All the rest of creation produces fruit and actions as it was created. Read the verses and see what he means.
Chapter 3. It’s plain. It’s direct. It’s undeniable. AND it is disobeyed every day! Brothers, it isn’t right for things to be this way.
I think we cannot pray too much for each other to obey Chapter 3.
The book of James is a book that should be read at least once a month. I find in reading it over and over that it is helpful to keep me on track to obey. It’s that kind of book and I so need it!!
I don’t want to be accused of being judgmental but I cannot help noticing when someone quotes scripture and encourages others to be Jesus followers one day, and the next day speak words of profanity.
You will get no accusation from me.
I notice those things too and MORE.
This chapter of James is strong and we who profess JESUS are in danger when we refuse to obey it.
This I have to say, you, My Sister, I know speak no profanity! Ever!