In the old days, people swore by a divine being or a sacred object to convey the fact that what they were about to say was truthful and should be taken seriously, but in this Scripture, Jesus said it wasn’t necessary to swear by anything when speaking. Instead, someone’s character and their ability to keep to their word should suffice whether it was a “Yes” or a “No”, thus making the oath unnecessary.
Jesus is the Word that became flesh and walked among us. The Word of Jesus represents Him. He means what He says and says what He means. Likewise, we need to know that our word represents us, and thus it is important for us to honour our words.
Have you ever met or conversed with someone who promised you something but never delivered? After a few encounters or conversations with them, you will quickly become sceptical of them because they do not mean what they say. The last thing we want to be known for is not being able to deliver what we said!
Do you know that our children have remarkably simple faith towards God and His Word? Because they trust the words of adults, especially their parents’, we should be careful not to play down the effects of any broken promises on our children when we fail to honour our words. They will feel disappointed, hurt, a sense of abandonment, and a loss of confidence.
When Jesus said that whatever is more than a simple “Yes” and “No” is from the evil one, He is saying, “Don’t say more than what we can deliver”. Sometimes, when we are at business meetings, instead of just saying “Yes” or “No”, we will attempt to cover up or craft words that are non-committal in order to safeguard our personal or company’s interests. Know, however, that if there is anything to add, it should simply be to clarify and substantiate the “Yes” or the “No”!
It is very much dependent on us as to whether people will take our words seriously. Therefore, the best practice is to honour our words so that we will develop trust from the people we work and live with. It is simply priceless when people can take our word for it and see us as men or women of character. Therefore, let your “Yes” be “Yes” and “No” be “No” without adding anything to it.
Sermon Series: It Is More Precious Than Gold
耶稣是那道成为肉身并在我们中间行走。 耶稣的道代表祂。 祂有一说一，说一不二。 同样，我们要知道我们的话语代表了我们，因此我们务必尊荣自己口里所说出的话。
你可知道，我们的孩子们对上帝和圣经的信心是如此单纯， 因为他们相信大人尤其是父母的话，所以当我们无法履行承诺时，我们应该小心不要把毁约对孩子造成的影响不当回事。 他们会感到失望，伤心，被抛弃和失去信心。
耶稣说 凡事只消简单回答“是”或“不是”，若再多说就是出于那恶者，他是在说：“有一说一，有二说二”。 有时，当我们洽谈生意时，本来简单的说“是”或“不是”即可，但为了维护我们自己或公司的利益，我们会试图遮遮掩掩或使用模棱两可的字句。要知道，即便有任何的添加，也只能是单单为了澄清并且以“是”或“不是”来证实！
人们是否会认真对待我们的话，很大程度上取决于我们自己。 因此，最佳实践是兑现我们的承诺，这样就能使那些与我们一起工作和生活的人对我们产生信任。 当人们能够把我们的话当真并且看我们为有品格的人时，这是何等的宝贵！ 因此，若“是”，你就说“是”，若“不是”，你就说“不是”，不要再多说一个字。