james chapter three starts off talking about controlling the tongue. as humans we all make mistakes, and many come from our tongue. “For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.” (James 3:2) if only we could speak life all the time and not cut down others, not talking behind people’s back, not gossiping, we would hurt less people and that would help us be in charge of our life. think about it: most things in your life have to deal with communication… talking, social media, texting, snap chatting, ‘dm’ing… all those are ways of communicating without having to move your mouth. when you don’t have to actually say something out loud, it’s easier to say. this means that it’s a greater temptation to gossip, talk dirty, curse, and make fun of, without feeling guilty about it. then you could become more comfortable saying it out loud and create a habit of doing so. this is why many parents do not like social media or the idea of having a phone. when my family prays every night, we ask for the wisdom and courage to always say the right things. james 3:9-10 says, “Sometimes it [the tongue] praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!”
true wisdom comes from God: DO GOOD WORKS WITH THE HUMILITY THAT COMES FROM WISDOM. (James 3:13). this verse itself says a lot. 1st) do good works 2nd) with humility 3rd) humility that only comes from wisdom. what does this mean? first: do good works; but make sure your heart is in the right place. don’t lie, because lying does not comes from GOD’S WISDOM. read verse 17 for the perfect wisdom.
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“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17