HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

1. Speak the truth plainly.

The Bible tells us in James 5:12, “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”

James isn’t talking about profanity. He’s telling us to avoid a different kind of swearing. We’re not to take an oath. If you don’t have enough integrity to do what you say without swearing, you have a problem.

As a follower of Jesus, your word should stand on its own. Others taught the same truth in Scripture. Paul wrote similar words to the church in Corinth in 1 Corinthians 1:17-19 “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” and Jesus said it in Matthew 5.

When you read something more than once in the Bible, you better pay attention. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ starts with having a faith that says what you mean and means what you say.


Author: Godfrey Gregg

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