30th May 2018

Let Your Yes Mean Yes

“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”
Matthew 5:37 (NKJV)

There was a time not too far in the past when a person’s word was their honour, and not to keep one’s word was unthinkable. When people made a business deal, a twenty-page contract covering every minute thing imaginable was not necessary. They simply came to an agreement and shook hands.

We all should aim to be honest and dependable at all times, as the header scripture says—our yes should mean yes. We as followers of Jesus Christ should be always aiming to set a high standard in all that we do so that our lights will always be shining brightly for all to see.

Dependability is important, even when it means that we lose out or are ‘hurt’ because of it. In Psalm 15, the list of attributes of a righteous person who walks uprightly include “He who swears to his own hurt and does not change” (verse 4). While circumstances may change, a better offer come your way, or you may simply reconsider, a promise is a promise. Can you imagine what a future we would face if we couldn’t depend on God to keep his promises? Thankfully we can have complete faith and confidence in the promises of God, as it says in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” Even if nobody in the whole world kept their word we should still keep ours, simply because it is the right thing to do.

Prayer
Father God, help us to be always true to our word.
Amen

Study by Allan Frankcom

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About the Author:
Allan Frankcom is on the Pastoral Council of the Bristol Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK, a part of Grace Communion International. He and his wife, Julie, have attended the Bristol Church for over 30 years.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bristol
Emmersons Green Village Hall
Emmerson Way
EMMERSONS GREEN
South Gloucestershire
BS16 7AP

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Allan Frankcom
Email: jf007d9991@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

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