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James 3 Reading Guide

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Passage: James 3

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Chapter Summary

  • v1-2 - Chapter three begins with a friendly reminder that those who are called to teach others will be "judged more strictly (Literally: judged more loudly) (v1)." Everyone stumbles, but perfection in life starts with perfection in how you speak to others.

  • v3-12 - The first half of chapter three is all about our tongues; that weird part of our body that's rarely seen but often heard. James shows how mighty horses and large ships are controlled by tiny bits and rudders. In the same way our tiny tongues exert massive influence on how we live. James says out of the same mouth we praise God and in the next breath curse part of His creation. He finishes by stating what comes out of our mouths must reflect what God has put in our hearts.

  • v13-18 - Chapter three finishes with a comparison of worldly and heavenly wisdom. Another way to say 'worldly' is 'selfish.' Don't choose wisdom that puts yourself first, but rather which puts others first.

Old Testament Reference - Add even more value to your daily Bible reading by reading a related passage from the Old Testament

  • Proverbs 16:27-33


Use the comment box below to discuss one or more of these questions. For every comment or reply you post, you will receive an entry for this month's prize.

  • James gives a stern warning to teachers in v1-2. Why is teaching (Sunday school, Bible studies, GEMS, Cadets, etc.) worth the risk of stricter judgment?

  • Think of a time where your tongue got you in trouble (for most of us this won't be hard). How could of the advice James gives regarding wisdom in v17-18 helped you in that situation?

Follow the AAA Prayer Pattern:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The creator God who made us in His image (v9)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God will give you heavenly wisdom and strengthen you to act accordingly (v17-18)



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