The first two chapters of James spent a lot of time emphasizing the need the need to help others. While on the surface it may appear that James is advocating earning one’s salvation, this is not what he is discussing at all. Instead, these are the acts of a mature Christian.
James 3 starts a shift away from helping the less fortunate but he continues in discussing the marks of a mature Christian. The trend continues with outward acts being indicative of what is going on inside but James 3 goes negative to address an area of common sin.
- James 3:1 – Not Many Should be Teachers
- James 3:2 – We All Stumble
- James 3:3-8 – Taming the Tongue
- James 3:9-12 – Praises and Curses
- James 3:13 – Wisdom and Deeds
- James 3:14-16 – Earthly Wisdom
- James 3:17-18 – Godly Wisdom