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1 My brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers, because we know that we teachers will be judged more strictly. 2 We all make mistakes often, but those who don’t make mistakes with their words have reached full maturity. Like a bridled horse, they can control themselves entirely. 3 When we bridle horses and put bits in their mouths to lead them wherever we want, we can control their whole bodies.
Why would James single out teachers for special caution? “In the early church the teacher held an important ministry (e.g., Acts 13:1; 1 Corinthians 12:29; Ephesians 4:11). Because teachers influence others, especially in their understanding of their faith, they have a serious responsibility to teach the truth.” * But James extended wisdom to more than just one group who needed to watch their words. Everyone, he believed, can do damage with words (cf. Proverbs 11:9; 12:18; 18:21).
Lord Jesus, the prophet Isaiah named you “the prince of peace.” Embed that spirit within my words and my heart, that I may live as one of the peacemakers you blessed. Amen.
I have two very small tattoos on each of my wrists. One is a darkly shaded triangle that points inward. The other is a lightly shaded triangle that points outward. Most people don’t even know they’re there, but they are there to remind me of an important reality: I can help to create good or evil in the world each day.
If I turn inward, I can more easily turn toward selfishness, thinking only for the good of myself. If I turn outward, I can more easily turn toward selflessness, thinking for the good of others. When I think about the power of words, I think about how easy it is to open our mouths and tear others down–often for our own good. That’s perhaps why it is such a gift to others when we open our mouths and build them up – for the good of them. Words are a powerful tool that we have to create good in the world around us.
Here are some ideas to take away today:
–get caught talking well of someone behind their back,
–speak of others as if they are standing right next to you,
–use a “create good filter” on your words daily.
If we can do that, I believe we will create more good in the world daily, as God invites us to do.
* Patrick J. Hartin, study note on James 3:1 in The CEB Study Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2013, p. 458NT.
** Wright, N. T., Early Christian Letters for Everyone (The New Testament for Everyone) (p. 21). Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Kindle Edition.
*** Comment on James 3:1 in NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, eBook . Zondervan. Kindle Edition.