In Matthew 5:33-37, Jesus told His followers that they needed to tell the truth. Some of them were obviously under the impression that as long as they didn’t take an oath, then they didn’t have to honor what they had said. If they had committed to doing something, they might change their mind. They would say “yes” to someone, but not follow through. As Christians, we need to be people of integrity. Why? We were made in God’s image to reflect His character. We know that we can trust His Word. Can other people trust us to be truthful? If not, what does that communicate to them about the God whom we claim to follow?
In my lifetime, I’ve been on the receiving end many times when people can’t seem to keep their word. While we may be tempted to brush it off as no big deal, God doesn’t see it that way. Proverbs 6 tells us that one of the things that the Lord hates is a “lying tongue.” It’s right up there with pride, murder, and being a divisive person in the church. So what should we do if we find ourselves falling into this type of behavior? Like all sin, we must recognize it for what it is. Don’t excuse it. Then go before the Lord in prayer, and repent. Ask Him to change not only your behavior, but your heart. And then trust Him to make you more Christ-like. He will do it! God wants you to be a person of integrity. When our yes is yes, and our no is no, we are walking in the way that Jesus called us to live, and it brings glory to Him!