Devotions for July 17, 2017

MATTHEW 5:33-37

33 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’[a] 34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

YES, YES & NO, NO

Between teaching against, lust, adultery and loving your enemies, we find this seemingly out of place passage.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What is our one ‘simple’ command?

Q: What has become our modern day, “swearing by the temple” phrase?

Q: If your yes were always yes, and your no always a no, without any qualifier, how would your speech change the most? At home? At work? With friends? How could others see Jesus in you through your integrity?

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