Teachers be warned! Yet not simply those in the classroom, but parents, mentors, coaches, ministry leaders, pastors, those in leadership positions, be warned as well. In fact, anyone with influence, we all have some sort of teaching influence, be warned! What comes out of our mouths can destroy an entire forest or build up whole communities!
Young people, or anyone in a student capacity, cling to the words of those they look up to and respect. James reminds us that we are held to a stricter judgment. Scary thought . . . . .
It would behoove us to remember and practice more of James' instruction:
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath . . . (James 1:19)We could all do a bit less talking and more listening . . . to the Lord and to our children (students).