1. Read James 3:1. Is a teacher more accountable to God than others? Why? Is James 3:1 a discouragement or encouragement?
2. Read James 3:2-12. Do you think James is exaggerating the problem of the tongue?
3. What are the illustrations James uses to stress the power of the tongue. Summarize his idea. What illustration might he use today?
4. Can you think of a recent incident in your own life when you lost control of your tongue - when you said something you wish you had not said? Why did it happen?
5. What are some ways you might stop gossip from spreading?
6. In view of James 3:8, is it useless to try to control our tongue? Why or why not?
7. What are some situations when it is almost always best to remain silent?
8. How can someone “curse” another person without using profanity? According to James 3:9, what’s wrong with cursing another person?
9. Share a time when you’ve been hurt by someone’s words. What did you do with that hurt?
10.What are some ways that you have received a blessing from someone’s words to you?
11. If what we say is an overflow of our heart, how can our hearts be healed and purified