- James warns his fellow believers that they should not be so eager to become teachers because of the responsibility involved. Because a teacher constantly uses words, there's a particular danger in this area for him/her. Those who teach will be judged more strictly since their words are used to instruct, influence, and guide others. We know how much damage false teachers can cause with their mouths. They misguide hearers and lead them astray.
We all stumble in many things but think about all the troubles our
tongue gets us into. Obvious fact: no one is perfect. Can anyone truly
say that they successfully control their tongue all the time (never at
fault in what they say)? I think not :).
- The analogies indicate that we must not underestimate the power of our tongue.