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Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus said to the crowds, "Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.' 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. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one."

Matthew 5:33-37
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    • How easy it is for us to fall into patterns of speech that do not really mean what they say. As I try to pay attention to how I communicate, I realise how I need to ask God to work on what is in my heart. Avoiding language that is offensive or hurtful is one thing, being sincere and seeing what is in my heart is another!
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    • Jesus asks us to be simple and straight. Yes or no will suffice once the truth is being spoken. Can people trust me to be truthful?
    • Lord, let a simple faith inform all I say today. You were never complex and devious. You simply loved your Father and your people straight from the heart.
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    • Children can embarrass us by their honesty in telling of things as they are. Jesus calls for sincerity, simplicity and respect in what we say or promise. He challenges ambiguity and political correctness. Jesus was never ambiguous. His response to all God’s promises and demands is ‘Yes!’ Can God rely on me in this way?
    • God’s word is creative and fruitful and does not return empty (Is 55:11). By giving us Jesus in effect is saying, ‘I give you my Word for it’. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). I ask that I may live out of God’s truth. Would people learn the Gospel message by studying my life?
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    • Lord, when will I meet someone like that, whose Yes means Yes, without expletives or curses? What a refreshment to hear plain speech, free of the boring swearwords and the mindless use of holy names. The person who speaks the simple truth is a rarer creature than the most eloquent wordsmith.
    • Places as well as God’s self are sacred, so we respect them in how we speak of them and how we refer our oaths to them. The places and words of God are words and places of one who creates us and loves us. Jesus shows us that calling on God as witness is something of great importance. This attitude may come into all our lives. There are times when we bow to the glory of God in life and in prayer, and know that we belong to Someone much greater than ourselves, the One who made heaven and earth.
    • To speak the truth in God and only in God is the concern of Jesus here. In prayer and in reflection, in conversation with others, the life and truth of God deepen in each of us. Our ‘yes' to life and in life is the ‘yes' of God. Nothing is worth our commitment in life but the truth of God and the meaning in life that is given to us by Jesus Christ.
    • Jesus is the word of God; he is the evidence, an assurance and a guarantee that God works for our good. My actions show the sincerity of my words. I ask God’s help to live as I profess.
    • I know that I have made promises in the past and admit that I may not always have fulfilled these promises. I place myself before God who loves me, recognises my desire to do good and forgives me.
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    • Lord, when will I meet someone like that, whose Yes means Yes, without expletives or curses? What a refreshment to hear plain speech, free of the boring swearwords and the mindless use of holy names. The person who speaks the simple truth is a rarer creature than the most eloquent wordsmith.
    • Places as well as God’s self are sacred, so we respect them in how we speak of them and how we refer our oaths to them. The places and words of God are words and places of one who creates us and loves us. Jesus shows us that calling on God as witness is something of great importance. This attitude may come into all our lives. There are times when we bow to the glory of God in life and in prayer, and know that we belong to Someone much greater than ourselves, the One who made heaven and earth.
    • To speak the truth in God and only in God is the concern of Jesus here. In prayer and in reflection, in conversation with others, the life and truth of God deepen in each of us. Our ‘yes' to life and in life is the ‘yes' of God. Nothing is worth our commitment in life but the truth of God and the meaning in life that is given to us by Jesus Christ.
    • Jesus is the word of God; he is the evidence, an assurance and a guarantee that God works for our good. My actions show the sincerity of my words. I ask God’s help to live as I profess.
    • I know that I have made promises in the past and admit that I may not always have fulfilled these promises. I place myself before God who loves me, recognises my desire to do good and forgives me.
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    • Lord, when will I meet someone like that, whose Yes means Yes, without expletives or curses? What a refreshment to hear plain speech, free of the boring swearwords and the mindless use of holy names. The person who speaks the simple truth is a rarer creature than the most eloquent wordsmith.
    • Places as well as God’s self are sacred, so we respect them in how we speak of them and how we refer our oaths to them. The places and words of God are words and places of one who creates us and loves us. Jesus shows us that calling on God as witness is something of great importance. This attitude may come into all our lives. There are times when we bow to the glory of God in life and in prayer, and know that we belong to Someone much greater than ourselves, the One who made heaven and earth.
    • To speak the truth in God and only in God is the concern of Jesus here. In prayer and in reflection, in conversation with others, the life and truth of God deepen in each of us. Our ‘yes' to life and in life is the ‘yes' of God. Nothing is worth our commitment in life but the truth of God and the meaning in life that is given to us by Jesus Christ.
    • Jesus is the word of God; he is the evidence, an assurance and a guarantee that God works for our good. My actions show the sincerity of my words. I ask God’s help to live as I profess.
    • I know that I have made promises in the past and admit that I may not always have fulfilled these promises. I place myself before God who loves me, recognises my desire to do good and forgives me.
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    • Lord, when will I meet someone like that, whose Yes means Yes, without expletives or curses? What a refreshment to hear plain speech, free of the boring swearwords and the mindless use of holy names. The person who speaks the simple truth is a rarer creature than the most eloquent wordsmith.
    • Places as well as God’s self are sacred, so we respect them in how we speak of them and how we refer our oaths to them. The places and words of God are words and places of one who creates us and loves us. Jesus shows us that calling on God as witness is something of great importance. This attitude may come into all our lives. There are times when we bow to the glory of God in life and in prayer, and know that we belong to Someone much greater than ourselves, the One who made heaven and earth.
    • To speak the truth in God and only in God is the concern of Jesus here. In prayer and in reflection, in conversation with others, the life and truth of God deepen in each of us. Our ‘yes' to life and in life is the ‘yes' of God. Nothing is worth our commitment in life but the truth of God and the meaning in life that is given to us by Jesus Christ.
    • Jesus is the word of God; he is the evidence, an assurance and a guarantee that God works for our good. My actions show the sincerity of my words. I ask God’s help to live as I profess.
    • I know that I have made promises in the past and admit that I may not always have fulfilled these promises. I place myself before God who loves me, recognises my desire to do good and forgives me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Lord, when will I meet someone like that, whose Yes means Yes, without expletives or curses? What a refreshment to hear plain speech, free of the boring swearwords and the mindless use of holy names. The person who speaks the simple truth is a rarer creature than the most eloquent wordsmith.
    • Places as well as God’s self are sacred, so we respect them in how we speak of them and how we refer our oaths to them. The places and words of God are words and places of one who creates us and loves us. Jesus shows us that calling on God as witness is something of great importance. This attitude may come into all our lives. There are times when we bow to the glory of God in life and in prayer, and know that we belong to Someone much greater than ourselves, the One who made heaven and earth.
    • To speak the truth in God and only in God is the concern of Jesus here. In prayer and in reflection, in conversation with others, the life and truth of God deepen in each of us. Our ‘yes' to life and in life is the ‘yes' of God. Nothing is worth our commitment in life but the truth of God and the meaning in life that is given to us by Jesus Christ.
    • Jesus is the word of God; he is the evidence, an assurance and a guarantee that God works for our good. My actions show the sincerity of my words. I ask God’s help to live as I profess.
    • I know that I have made promises in the past and admit that I may not always have fulfilled these promises. I place myself before God who loves me, recognises my desire to do good and forgives me.