Oftentimes it is easy for us to belittle our words — to make excuses for not keeping our word or to justify ourselves for why we didn’t do what we said we would do. However, God calls us to a higher way of living. As Christians, we need to be as good as our word!
Where this command is found:
Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Have you ever heard of the saying, “A man is as good as his word”? This phrase has been coined to reflect the fact that a man’s character can be judged by whether or not he keeps his word. Just as this is so with man, God’s character is proven by His unfailing promises.
One of the clearest ways that God has demonstrated the command Keep Your Word, is by sending His Son, Christ Jesus, to be our Savior, Redeemer and Lord. Jesus was not only the fulfillment of many promises God had made to His people, but also, His life provides the power to fulfill each and every command God has given us. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6b).
Just as God kept His Word by sending His Son, so we as believers have been given the power and ability to keep our word through the life of Jesus. Not just because it is the right thing to do, but because we have been given a new nature; the nature of God through Jesus Christ. As we grow in this reality, we will not only be aware of our need to keep our word, but also that it is Christ Who only can enable us to do so.
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