James 5:12 (NIV) – Above all, my
brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or
by earth or by anything else. Let your
“Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you
will be condemned.
How many times do we let ourselves
down? How many times do we disappoint
the ones we love? Each year, millions
of people make new-year resolutions
destined to failure. Every day, parents
make promises to children but renege,
for a myriad of reasons. We make
promises we have no real intention of
keeping. Each broken promise diminishes
our trust in ourselves. When we lose
trust, we lose faith.
James tells us to keep it simple.
Promises are not necessary, to bind a
decision into action. We need to have a
transformation in our way of thinking.
Romans 12:2 says, “be transformed by
the renewing of your mind.” The power
of “Yes” should become the binding
word. Conversely, the power of “No”
should also be a definitive answer.
Anything other than “yes” or “no” is
the work of the evil one.
The world teaches us, it is perfectly
okay to recant on a promise, because
they’re broken every day. But, as
Christians, we need to hold ourselves
to higher standards. Jesus never had to
promise anything. His word was his
bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done.
When He spoke “No,” it was undone.
Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to
the truth of your character. Let these
small words prove your
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