FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST, 2019
ONLY THE TRUTH
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:33-37
KEY VERSE: “But let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (MATTHEW 5:37).
Lying and swearing are twin brothers. Some people are habitual liars and in an attempt to press their point home, they swear profusely even when no one contests what they are saying. There are some people in the neighbourhood or in the office who when they say “good morning”, you may need to check the time whether it is morning indeed as they are known never to say the truth. They are habitual deceivers. They go to the extent of swearing with the name of God and even cursing. This is a characteristic of the unregenerate.
The text of today deals with two distinct matters; the basic concept about oath and the broadened connotation of oath. The opening verse says that “You must carry out the vows you have made to the Lord” while Jesus in the concluding verse says, “don’t swear”. Simple “yes” or “no” should suffice. One of the characteristics of a child of God is the love to always say the truth. Christ admonishes the New Testament believers not to swear at all with anything on earth or in heaven. We should simply say the truth. If you tell the truth, there is no point swearing.
A child of God may however make pledges to give God something or do something for Him. The important guiding principle is that such a believer should ensure he or she carries out the pledges. Else, it becomes a sin.
The point being stressed in this passage is that believers should not tell lies directly or indirectly. Neither should any attempt be made to cover any lies with swearing. If you are a profuse or instinctive liar, then you need to visit Calvary for regeneration by confessing your sins and making Christ your Lord and Saviour and you will be delivered.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Swearing increases the penalty for lying.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: PSALM 61–67