James 3:1-8 (KJV) “My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
The third chapter of James begins with a warning be not many teachers. Then the reason is given teachers are given a grave responsibility to be responsible for others and will be held to a higher standard not only by man but by God.
So each of us who teach must be careful what we say and in what manner it is said. If a man can learn to control his tongue then the same would be a perfect man. He would be able to control all aspects of his life there would be no problem with excess or lust. But no man can control his tongue all the time.
A single spark can start a forest fire that can destroy hundreds of thousands of acres. A Single word can start a controversy that will totally destroy the unity in the body of Christ. Man has tamed all the beast of the earth and sea yet has not tamed his own tongue.
These verses seem to say, say nothing yet we still need to convey the truth. We still need to present the Gospel. It is only through the foolishness of preaching that men can be saved, so each of us need to think before we speak and control our tongues as best we can so we do not destroy the body of Christ.