Our Father God, I come to you and I pray, Lord, that you guide us to honour what we say, what we promise. Give us the wisdom to know when we need to say no and when we need to say yes, in Jesus Christ Name, amen!
“But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
People say: “I love you in Christ and I will always be your friend”. So, the other part looks forward for a good constructive friendship, spending time, sharing, praying and so on. That’s what means to be friends, isn’t it? Friends check on friends to make sure that they are ok, check if they have a need. But people just disappear and if someone question the friendship, they answer: “that’s who I am, only Lord can change me”! We do not need to call our Lord in vain. We need to make the first step towards our change and the Lord will do the rest. Thus, we need to make the start. The Lord is a democratic God!
It is to wonder how comes that pompous words do not become acts! It is a common phenomenon. Most of us have similar experiences.
I believe that’s why the Lord made clear to us that our yes should be yes and our no, a no. (He speaks about our word to God but it applies to our daily life, as we are ambassadors of God.) It does not need to be more complicated or more pompous. We do not need the “big” phrases and words when we just – for whatever reason – can’t practice on our word. Nobody is obliged to go to a way that it is not easy or possible for him/her.
We need to learn to say No! The Lord will appreciate us when we are honest and straightforward one to another. Amen!
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