Taming the tongue
Why should few people seek to teach? Serious ramifications! Set students’ direction – for good or ill.
What happens if we can control our speech?
Verses 3 & 4
What examples does James give to drive home his point that he who can control his tongue can control his whole body?
What example does James give of when the tongue is not controlled? Sirach 28:8-26
What habits and behaviours lead to an untamed tongue?
What’s the problem with all this? Matthew 12:34
What can we do about this? Us – Phil 4:8. God – Gal 5:22-24
Importance of Wisdom
What should the wise person do? Demonstrate wisdom by meekness
What is “meekness”? Controlled strength
What is the tension between “showing works” and not seeking earthly praise?
Who has demonstrated this for you?
How does earthly wisdom manifest itself?
How does James describe it? Why? “Earthly, unspiritual, devilish”
How is this ultimately shown?
How is heavenly wisdom described? Is 32:17
Contrast eathly and heavenly wisdom. 1 Cor 1:20-25
Selfish Ambition, Bitter Jealousy
-> Earthly Wisdom
-> Disorder and every vile practice
-> Heavenly Wisdom
Open to reason
Full of mercy
-> Harvest of righteousness