Friday, December 10, 2010

Speak The Truth

Matthew 5:33-37

Story & Lessons

The scribes and Pharisees developed a perverse theology of oath taking.

They taught that certain oaths were solemn and binding; others were not binding.

They would swear by heaven, by earth, by Jerusalem, by the head, by the temple, etc.

This was an escape clause to allow lies and deception.

But Jesus forbade this evil practice.


There is an epidemic of lies among us.

Young children resort to lies without shame or a blush.

Employees take paid sick leave when really they are quite able to work.

Many leading politicians are liars and deceivers.


Christians must be different!

Jesus said, "Let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’"

We must always be truthful, honest and reliable.

We must never make promises that we know we cannot keep.

God sees us and hears us!

If you are deceiving others by duplicity, lies or half-truths, shame on you!

Repent of your sin and seek cleansing and forgiveness through the blood of Christ.

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