If you are a teacher of God’s word (Sunday School teacher, AWANA leader, small group leader, mentor, parent), how do you react to James 3:1 that says you will be judged with greater strictness?
How does what we say cause great destruction?
Have you ever stopped to think of the complete absurdity that we can worship God with our words on Sunday morning and then speak caustically against someone who has been made in the image of God? Why do think James was so concerned that brothers and sisters in Christ would act in this way?
Verses 11 and 12 begin to move us to a solution. A spring does not pour out both fresh and salt water. Can a salt pond yield fresh water?
James is calling us to live out of our gospel identity. As believers, we are new people and we need to live out our new identity in Christ. When we correctly live out our gospel identity, our words will match!
How can we cultivate our gospel identity? How can we cultivate desires and goals that are consistent with our gospel identity?