If you’ve every watched a romantic comedy, you have seen some variation of this plot.
The heroine is dating the wrong guy and completely oblivious to the fact that her best friend is the right guy. As the plot progresses it becomes completely obvious to the audience that she’s with the wrong guy, but though she begins to doubt she remains loyal.
Finally in the climatic scene of the movie the wrong guy slips. Usually he says something he shouldn’t like:
- “After the wedding when we ship your kids off to boarding school” or
- “After the wedding when you quit your job so you can support my career” or
- “After the wedding when we put your mother in the nursing home” .
His words reveal his true motives. The heroine breaks up with him and rushes off to the airport to catch the right guy just before he boards a plane out of her life, and they finally have their first kiss.
The plot hinges on words. The wrong guy can fake it for a while and hide who he really is underneath his charm. But eventually his words will give him away.
Words and how they give us away are the subject of James 3:1-12.
Since Bible teachers presume to explain the word of God to others, James warns them to seriously consider the responsibility before seeking the job.
Teaching is not an achievement to be prized, or a reward to be earned, or a glory to be gained. Teaching has a purpose: to explain the word of God. You should want to teach the Bible for the right reasons. Your motives to teach should be god-centered and other-centered, not self-centered.
Discussion Questions – James 3:1-12
- What is the basic theme of verses 1-6?
- Define self-control. What is its purpose according to James?
- How have you seen the power of the tongue in your own life?
- Summarize the main point of verses 7-12?
- What is the purpose of stating that an olive tree cannot bear figs, etc?
- Does this discussion of the tongue and self-control encourage or discourage you? Why?
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Scripture quotes are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.