Today’s Reading - Matthew 5:27-48
37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. - Matthew 5:37
Your word should mean something. In the days gone by a promise was never questioned and many handshake agreements were made and always kept. In 1966 my Father borrowed the money to pay for a brand new house we built basically on a handshake agreement. We are fighting an uphill battle trying to get anyone to believe our word is good because so many people have been betrayed by the failure of someone to keep a promise. As followers of Christ seeking to live out His character in our life, we should always strive to make sure our word has teeth and we will not betray anyone’s trust in our word. If you tell someone you are going to do something then do it. If you tell someone you will pay them back, pay them back. Now in the broader context of what Jesus says, He reminds us not to break the oaths we have made to the Lord. In the first century, many oaths were made and sealed in an oath to the Lord. Not so much today. But there is one oath we have made to the Lord. You are my Savior, my Lord, and I will follow you. Yes, Jesus is reminding us in the normalcy of life, when you say yes it should mean yes and when you say no it should mean no. And of vital importance, when you said yes to Christ, it should mean yes and you should be doing everything in your understanding to fulfill that oath. Some days will be better than others but we always want to guard against outright betrayal of our oath to the Lord related to our relationship with Him. Truth telling and honesty go a long way in being a holy vessel.
Show us your way, O Lord. Make us like you in every way. As you were tempted while on earth to not be true to your word but resisted every time, help us to resist the temptation of being dishonest. May our yes be yes in every way and our no be no. Forgive us for not understanding this fully. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.