PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 5:33-37
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)
In Jesus’s time, people were using God’s Name to make their word stronger.
Instead of ‘I promise’, it was like ‘I promise in God’s Name’.
And often they did not mean it, but were using God to get other’s trust.
Jesus is not warning against an oath in court, nor the oath of office.
He is stressing the importance of using words with integrity.
How many times do we throw out, ‘I’ll pray for you’, or ‘so good to see you’…
Or do we add the words, ‘I really mean it’, as if at others times we don’t.
Or do we season our stories with ‘slight’ embellishments to look better?
On another occasion, Jesus warns against using ’empty words’ (Matthew 12:36).
As a Jesus follower, speaking the truth in love is an important part of our witness.
When we speak we should be sure that what we say reflects what is true and real.
And when we make a promise we should be sure we mean it and follow through on it.
People are discerning whether we are people of integrity, people of our word.
Heart-felt words can lead others to Jesus, but empty words can drive them away.
Lord, I use a lot of words. Maybe this is a good reminder to think first and speak less. May Your Spirit use my words to help others find and experience You!