Matthew 5:34-35,37 But I say to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is His footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King…Let what you say be simply “yes” or “no”; anything more than this comes from evil.
There is power in the name of the Lord Jesus. As such, we should not treat His name as just another word. Throwing around the name of our Savior is to use His name in vain. To make an oath by swearing to God cheapens His name. Besides that, though, as followers of Christ, we should not need to swear by anything for our oath to mean something.
This isn’t a legalistic command to refuse taking an oath. It’s a call to live our lives with character. We should live and practice truth, so much that just saying “yes” or “no” would be taken as an honorable oath.
In order for our yes to be yes, we must give no one reason to believe that we would lie to them. We must live a life set apart from the lies that permeate this world. We’ve got to have character that is so above reproach that there’s no reason to question our honesty. Give no reason for anyone to doubt your word. By doing so, you bring honor to God.
Ephesians 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
A new life that comes about after being transformed by God is a life that leaves behind many old things. Habits, hangups, crudeness, lying, stealing…the list goes on.
Some of us in our old lives were thieves, taking anything we could get our hands on just because we wanted it. God’s people don’t live that way, though. We understand that all things really belong to God, not to us. Ripping someone else off doesn’t just hurt them, it hurts our relationship with the Father. He didn’t create us to be thieves.
If there’s one thing that God is not about, it’s selfishness. A deceptive lifestyle that cheats others only benefits the cheater and it’s not what God intends for His people. He’s called us to care for other people, not just ourselves (Philippians 2:3). This means that in our work and in our choices, we should have others in mind. We should be seeking to benefit them so that God can be glorified (Matthew 5:16).
For one of His people to steal is for the world to view God as a thief. Making an honest living is not just the right thing to do, it shows others how God’s people live and brings Him honor.
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
One of the most loving things you can do for another person, especially one who is your brother or sister in Christ, is speak the truth to them. There are few actions or words that can even compare with just some refreshing truth.
We all know that being a liar is a hard job. When you lie to others you have to keep track of what you told to whom and it makes you worry about getting caught. But honesty, that brings freedom. Speaking the truth to people frees us and lets us know that there is nothing to hide.
It can be really hard sometimes to say what needs to be said, but when you know someone is believing lies it’s always best to let them know what’s real. The biggest liar of all, Satan, tries to lure people into believing that God doesn’t care, that He isn’t listening, or that He’s not good. But the truth is that God is love (1 John 4:8). God cares about His people (Romans 8:30). God is good (Nehemiah 9:31). God is listening (1 John 1:9).
When we know the truth, we’re free from the burdens that lies bring. We can be the burden-breaker for someone else by speaking the truth. It’s what family does.