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Teachers of Wisdom

John Collins03/20/2012In James 3, James told the people that not many of them should become teachers.  The teachers would have more to be judged by.

Teachers, in many things, can offend all people.  But if any man did not offend others by the words he spoke, the same is considered a perfect man, able to control his whole body.

James gave an example of horses.  We put bits in the horses mouths so that they obey us.  With that single bit, we can turn their whole body.

He gave another example of ships.  Though they are great and mighty, and are driven by fierce winds, they still can be turned with a very small helm by the man who turns it.

In the same manner, the tongue is a very small member of the body, and it boasts great things.  

James said to watch how great objects can be destroyed with just a little fire.  And the tongue is like a fire, a world of iniquity can be created by our tongues through the words that we speak.  The tongue is among our members of our body, yet it can defile the whole body.  It can set our bodies on the course of hell, and be burned with hell fires.

Every kind of animal in the world is tamed by mankind.  But no man can tame the tongue -- it is an unruly evil that is full of deadly poison.  With the tongue, we can bless God.  With the tongue, we can also curse men, which are made by God.  Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing.

James said, "My brothers, this should not be so."

He asked them, "Does a fountain send bitter and sweet water at the same time?  Can the fig tree bear olive berries?  Or a vine bear figs?  Can a fountain yield salt water and fresh water?"

James asked them, "Who is a wise man that is full of knowledge among you?  Let him show a good conversation with meekness and wisdom."

He said that wisdom does not come from heaven, but it is earthly, sensual, and devilish.  Where envy and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work.

Wisdom that is from above is first pure, then creates peace.  It is gentle, easily asked for.  It is full of mercy and good fruits.  It is without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by them that make peace.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we all try to become teachers, or do we put the bits in our mouths and let God lead us?  Are we pushing forward by a mighty wind, or have we let God use the helm?  Do we teach love and mercy, while at the same time condemning those who do not follow our sets of laws?  Do we pray for them at night, and curse them with our words during the day?  Is our conversation with meekness and wisdom?  Is our wisdom from men, or from heaven?  Has it created peace?  Is it full of mercy?  Has it produced good fruits?  Or is it with hypocrisy?