Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 5:33-37 (NKJV)
"Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.' But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
What truth is revealed? Jesus is telling His disciples that they need to maintain integrity in their conversations. That they need to practice complete honesty in the things that they declare and promise.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? This command is straight forward. “Let your ‘Yes’ be “Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.” Secondly, we should not make promises accompanied with vain oaths.
What does this mean to/for me? It means that my word should be my bond. In a Post-Truth world, this seems very old fashioned; however, I should strive to never make a promise that I do not intend to keep. People cannot count on what I say unless I “do” what I say.
What action can/should I take? In my particular case, I have had moments where I have been disingenuous; Not with hubris in my heart but making promises without thinking or counting the cost. I need my words to be trustworthy! Jesus is right, my “yes” needs to mean “yes,” and my “no” needs to mean “no.”
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.