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James addresses a growing issue of too many early church members wanting to become teachers and doing so through divisive, careless and unloving speech. He warns them that the tongue is a restless and uncontrollable evil that burns more than it lights the path. So how then are we able to use our words to speak life instead death?

Simply put, only the abiding presence of the Spirit of God in us can control what comes out of us.

  • We must submit our lives to the resurrection power of God in order that He will become Lord of our words
  • We must be willing to slow down the rate at which we speak. Be slow to anger, slow to speak and quick to listen.