Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:33-48 (day two)  But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil. Vs 37

I am not a good poker player. That should probably bring comfort for you to know one of your pastors doesn’t gamble well. It’s the bluffing. I can’t do it. Put another way, I am not the guy you want to walk into a car dealer with to try and purchase a new vehicle. Too often, I tell them exactly how much we have to spend, and what our old car is worth, and I always feel they are telling me the best price they can give. As far as bartering, I am deficient. The older I get, the more I recognize not everyone operates with this mindset. My assumption is that if I am telling the truth why would I think the other person is lying? 

Regardless of how I fare transactionally, this is the path the Jesus set for us as we deal with others. Frankly, we cannot be accountable for what other people say, but we are responsible for our words. Frankly, it’s so much easier to keep up with the truth than a lie. Know what you believe, and say it. Don’t try to be or say anything other than what you know.

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

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