I love watching the “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials. One of them you hear the narrator say “People hang on his every word… even the prepositions.” In case you have never seen them, these are commercials that portray a dapper bearded man that is in his 70’s who has performed feats of peculiarity someone who has a “Fonzi-esque” persona. (Only if he did jump sharks he would have made it… and the sharks would have applauded.) He had an almost cult following where you could read more of the interesting accomplishments this character did.
Yesterday we talked a little on the condition of the heart. In this passage Jesus addresses the character of speech. He warns us about oaths and being careful in what we say.
Have you ever heard someone say “You swear to God?” meaning that you would keep your word otherwise God will strike you. OR how about “May God strike me down if it is not true”? Making these oaths have good intentions but we do not know what the future may bring. The Bible says that we “can not make a single hair white or black.” (v. 36) We can not Have you ever made one of these oaths and then broken them because of other circumstances? We all have. Jesus knew this and taught that it is better to have a good reputation than to have to rely on a swear. Or we should simply just let our Yes mean Yes and our No mean No. My Dad used to tell me to “Mean what you say, and say what you mean!”
Go through today aware of you oaths to people, your kids, your spouse, and to God.
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