MATTHEW 5:37_But let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Jesus’ conclusion to this lesson is awesome. Just say yes or no! James 5:12 (KJV), “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
It may be a little difficult for us to understand all this swearing by something, but it was very big in the culture of Jesus’ and James’ (Jesus’ half-brother) day.
Why wouldn’t we just say yes or no? It seems we think we can’t be trusted to mean what we say on its own. We have to add some kind of emphasis.
The only thing to help us be honest and responsible in what we say is the Holy Spirit.
Jesus and James both teach anything more than just yes or no can lead to trouble. Jesus calls it evil. James calls it condemnation. It’s bad either way. Either way can draw you more into the world’s ways. Be a person who keeps promises.
Don’t say one thing and do another.
Keep promises, even if it costs more than planned.
Be honest in everything – words and actions.
Be a person of integrity.
Jesus teaches just keep your word and don’t swear at all.
Father God, Thank You for helping me to become an honest person. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is always honest—He wants me to be honest!