Re:Verse passage – Matthew 5:33-48 (day three)

“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”

It’s not easy to put your words out there unadorned with any kind of agenda. Even to declare, “I just say what I mean and mean what I say” is to use words to attempt to shape your image as a fearless straight shooter. You discovered very early in your life – we all did – that words have power. In the mouths of human beings, words can function as a means to gain influence over one’s neighbor – to bolster one’s own position, to confuse, to obfuscate, to distract. One human being, the divine son of God, showed a brilliant way to resist the temptation to use words to gain the upper hand: silence. Standing before Pilate, Jesus kept his yes, yes and his no, no by saying nothing.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

One thought on “Words”

  1. Somtimes, being slient can be very challenging Bryan. I am still learning.
    God placed it in my mind not to long ago, perhaps duct tape might be helpful. 🙄 I am always open for suggestions from my Father.

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