Say what you mean and mean what you say

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “But let your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’, and your ‘no’ mean ‘no’. Anything more than this is from the evil one.” Matthew 5:37 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Say what you mean and mean what you say”
It’s often said these days that relativism and expediency are the curses of our age. I believe that’s true. Relativism is a philosophy that holds that truth and morality exist only in relation to culture and society, and therefore are not absolute. Expediency is conduct based upon what is convenient and practical, despite possibly being improper, immoral, or even illegal.
Unfortunately, the concepts of relativism and expediency have become widespread and accepted in our society today. Rather than simply telling the truth and living by it, it is more and more common for people to define truth for themselves, or to dance around the edges of truth, and often to mislead, distort, and misrepresent. It’s done to achieve a desired outcome, and the person usually finds ways to justify doing so.
Jesus spoke to this in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:37. There He essentially instructed us to “Say what you mean, mean what you say, let the chips fall where they may.” The Apostle James repeated this instruction in James 5:12.
I truly believe that most Christians are godly men and women of good character and strong integrity. And I believe most Christians tell the full truth the overwhelming majority of the time. But at times we all (I include myself in this) are tempted to either lie outright, or to distort and misrepresent things. This can be especially true if we’re dealing with a difficult situation that we feel strongly about and for which we’re trying to make our case appear stronger than it really is. In such situations it can be tempting to lie, shade or stretch the truth a bit, or distort and mispresent things.
We have to guard against giving in to the temptation to be untruthful or willfully misleading. A godly man or women of character and integrity tries to be scrupulously truthful and honest at all times.
Let’s strive to be fully truthful in all things. Let’s just say what we mean and mean what we say.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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