12/7/09 V. 1, Teachers speak. They use their tongues. And just as he’s about to launch into cautions concerning our tongues James gives us the warning to think twice about becoming a teacher because teachers will be more strictly judged. So considering the power of the tongue to do wrong, one must weigh carefully the thought of becoming a teacher where our words are that much more important.
V. 2, Everyone has his struggles with sin, but if one is able to overcome his tongue he has gone far, and will be able to bring his whole body into submission.
V. 3-6, The tongue is such a small thing that it goes unnoticed as an object of sin often, but like a bit steers a horse and a rudder steers a ship, though small, the tongue governs the spiritual life. This small thing has the potential to destroy great things
V. 7-8, Tame what you will but no one seems to be able to completely tame their tongue.
V. 9-10, We are hypocritical in our words and our lives. We are swayed by spiritual winds and our words merely give indication of this.
V. 11, Just as a stream of water isn’t salty and fresh neither should the mouth stream forth mixed good and evil. This is wrong.
V. 12, Jesus said a good tree brings forth good fruit and a bad tree brings forth bad fruit and the opposite simply doesn’t happen. So our tongues aren’t the problem, it’s the heart that moves the tongue. We don’t need merely to restrict our tongue. Cutting it out wouldn’t solve the heart problem. We must pay attention to it and realize it shows us the heart work that still needs to be done.