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James 3

James 3

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So chapter 3 is about the use of our words.  Although there’s mention of the tongue as a tool for cursing someone, the major point seems to be on the smooth use of the tongue to teach.  It speaks of how easy it is to have the right words and teach the right words, and the reality is that teachers don’t live up to their own teaching.  So the tongue become an outlet for hypocrisy.  Where we claim a lot of things, but don’t do near as much.  We teachers will even be held to a higher standard of accountability.

Every time I hear a new insight that hits me, it isn’t long before I’m thinking how I might teach this thing.  I might be really excited about it.  But I teach before the insight has been tried and tested.  I teach it as if I “got this.”  Because it’s fun to teach it.  But I (we) must be aware that understanding a thing (even this thing about not teaching too quickly) is not the same as doing it.  This goes back to chapter 1, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.”  He might also say, “Be doers of the word and not teachers only.”