In Matthew 5:37 Christ urged His followers towards honesty. “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Why is it that we have forgotten that?
From what I hear, a handshake was all you needed to seal a deal back in my grandparents’ day. But apparently the early Christian’s didn’t have this same example of honesty to live up to. In fact a smarter guy whose blog I read before typing this one said, “The Pharisees interpreted” the Old Testament Law “to mean that ONLY when you made an oath did you have to tell the truth, and even then, it only had to be a certain kind of oath. That is not at all what God meant.”
Where is it that we started to cross our fingers behind our backs? Why do we need to have countless pages of agreements, contracts, and legal documents to get each other to stick to our word?
I remember standing in front of friends and family nearly two years ago to this day with Brittany as we prepared to become husband and wife The Pastor mentioned to the audience that 51% of marriages in America end in divorce. It’s because one or both partners have decided to go back on their word to “love, honor, and cherish” each other.
I’m learning more and more that my word means a great deal. It means a lot to the people in my life and it means more to my Savior. My boss taught me that with his honest life style. When I first came to Teen Quest it was easy for me to back out on speaking engagements, or blow off an offer I extended to a friend. It’s getting easier and easier (and more enjoyable) to stick to my word as I see his example.
What about you? Do you stop to think of the eyes of younger people that are looking in your direction? Lets open this up for discussion. What do you think about this topic? What are some ways you’ve realized you have to “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’”? What are some steps you took to make it easier for you to stick to your word?