Study 7 of 13 on The Book of James
“Too many good people have lost because their tongue moved before their brain could get out of neutral. No matter how intelligent one may be, the wisdom of the saints is to hold your tongue till you can think things through and even then…silence may speak more efficiently than anything your tongue may enunciate.”–Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Deut. 6:6, 7; Prov. 16:27; Matt. 7:16–18; Luke 9:51–56; James 3:1–12. Key Text: “ ‘’By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned’ ” (Matt. 12:37, NKJV).
1. What does Scripture have to say generally about “word power”? 2. In what ways is the tongue like a fire? 3. “ ‘By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned’ ” (Matt. 12:37, NKJV). How do you feel about this? 4. What important point is made in James 3:1 about accountability? 5. What truth does James illustrate in James 3:9–12, using the fountain, the fig tree, and the grapevine? 6. What does James mean by when he speaks of our need to be perfect?