Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. – Matthew 5.33-37
Sometimes the lessons of godly living are not deep and profound and theological. Sometimes they are just are common sense.
This verse is taken by a lot of folks to support the notion that no Christian should ever take an oath to God about anything. I tend to agree with that, but that’s not what I want to focus on. I want to focus on the very simple fact that in this world of lies and hypocrisy and deceit and guile we ought to be different.
Jesus says simply, ‘You don’t need to take any oaths of pledges – just let your yes mean yes and your no mean no.’
Isn’t that great? Just think about how different we would be if we just simply dropped all pretence and made sure that our word was our bond. Imagine being the kind of person who, if you said something, no one would think to question the veracity of it.
Imagine being so well trusted that no one ever said ‘really?’ or 'are you sure?’’
That’s the kind of man I want to be. The only way to do that is be a man of my word. I should never intentionally say anything to mislead anyone.
Can you imagine what a difference we could make in this world if we always – ALWAYS – were people of our words in a world full of lies and deceit?