Yes or No?
Welcome from all of us at CTCI. Please join us today as we see what the Lord God says about how we should handle our responses to others’ requests of us.
How often do we make a promise and fail to keep it? Our intention at the time we committed was good. We know that it’s wrong to go back on our word, but still we say to ourselves “It’s not very important what’s the big deal? What does it matter?” Well, the Word of God tells us that it is very important. I for one, am guilty of missing the mark, but convicted today to do something about it. Where and when did this business of promising begin anyhow? Why do we need to go beyond the simple answer of yes or no? Here is what the Bible has to say:
Matthew 5:33-37 (NASB) says: “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil”.
Evil is such a strong word. Every word in the Bible is powerful and meaningful. I certainly do not want to conform to anything evil.
So, since God tells us this in His Word, it will behoove us to pause before committing a “yes” or “no” response to anything. This means big or small, important or not. The Bible is the Basic Instruction Book for Living on Earth. Biblically, our word is meant to be sufficient to mean what it says, we don’t need an oath or a promise to back it further. So let our “yes” be firm and let our “no” be unwavering. We are building our character and obeying God’s Word. We are becoming more like Christ.
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