WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST, 2021
THEME: DO NOT SWEAR
PASSAGE: MATTHEW 5:33-37
MEMORY VERSE: James 5:12 “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.”
HYMN: MHB 557 (C.M.) – WHAT is our calling’s glorious hope.
In present times, being economical with the truth or outright falsehood is considered as being astute or being smart. This moral deficiency permeates every facet of our everyday life. Ranging from our economic to our political or even marital relationships, we lack integrity. Because of the epidemic of falsehood, lack of trust rules over every relationship.
However, in our reading today, our Lord Jesus Christ demands from his followers a different level of morality in our relationship with each other. ‘Let your YES be YES; and nothing less. Anything different from this is sin and is evil. In times that our moral decadence requires us to lie and then swear to convince, how can we rise above this deficiency? Telling lies or falsehood is necessary when we seek to take undue advantage in our relationship with others. It is a symptom of a lack of LOVE. We are required as believers to love sacrificially and seek to serve others in every aspect of our endeavours.
From politics to economics or even religion, showing integrity demands that we are selfless to one another. It requires that we should seek to honour and serve one another. When we fall short of this requirement, we tend to want to make people believe, or we enforce the falsehood by swearing. When we make integrity our watchword in our daily life, we enjoy a level of trust from our fellow men that does not require us to swear to convince others of the facts or position we hold.
PRAYER: Lord, teach me to always rely on You when I relate with others. Teach me to lean on Your strength and not on my own.
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