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Bible Text: James 3:1-5 (ESV)
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
Read the passage slowly and pause to linger over notable words and phrases. Ask questions to explore the Bible passage for truths, challenges, or lessons about life, the gospel, or Christian life. As you answer your questions, engage in personal reflection and respond to how God is using the passage to speak to you today. (You can refer to the Inductive Bible Study guidelines at the top of this page.)