Words from the Heart for Sunday May 3rd, 2020
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.
Matthew 5:36-37 (NKJV)
Let Your Yes Be Yes
Under Canadian legislation, when it comes to a witness in a trial, an affirmation is just as acceptable in court as an oath. A witness who does not wish to swear a religious oath may testify in Canadian courts after making a solemn affirmation – “I solemnly affirm that the evidence to be given by me shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” – and their testimony will have the same effect as if it were taken under oath.
When I was a child, I knew a man who was so honest that everyone in the neighbourhood knew that if he said he was going to do something, he always did. If he said he was going to be somewhere at a certain time, he was there on time. He was the most trusted man on our street. I would see him in church on Sunday and knew early on, the basis of his honesty. This man ought not to be the exception when it comes to how Christians live their lives. Jesus says this in Matthew 5:36-37: “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.” If there was ever a group of people who ought to be known for their honesty and faithfulness it is the follower of Jesus. We have been transformed by the Lord and given a new heart. We are called to live by Kingdom of Heaven principles, which include honesty and faithfulness in all things. How can you let your “yes” be “yes” and your “no” be “no” today?
These have been words from the heart.