READ: Matthew 5:33-37
- Jesus gives a bottom-line, inner-heart, this-is-enough answer to oath taking. Don’t. Pretty simple advice. Just don’t take oaths. Instead, just be truthful. Your “Yes” should mean ,“yes” and your “No” should mean “no.” You shouldn’t have to say more than that. And you won’t have to say more than that if you are consistent in your speech and life. The only time vows/oaths appear to be needed is if our word doesn’t have integrity/credibility.
- We will still have to sign “oath-statements” at work or take an oath to “tell the truth, the whole truth, so help me God.” Jesus isn’t suggesting that we make an issue of those occasions and refuse. However, He clearly means that you are no more honest after signing your “oath” than you were before.
- The only way to leave without the need for vows (“cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye”) is to always tell the truth. Not only do you not have to worry about telling someone else something different, but you know that people will trust you. Being truthful breeds trust in others. People don’t second guess whether you are being completely honest. They don’t question what you say.
- Who do you know whose words you believe, no matter what?
- What would you have to do to become like them in that regard?
- Whose word do you always question? Why?
PRAY: Thank God for those in your life you implicitly trust. Pray that you become (maintain) a person who is trustworthy. Ask God to help us continue cultivating an environment of truth.