"Above all, my brothers, do not swear...not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned." James 5:12 NIV
How many times do we let ourselves down? How many times do we disappoint the ones we love? Each year, millions of people make resolutions that are destined to failure. Every day, parents make promises to children but renege, for myriad reasons. We make promises we have no real intention of keeping. Each broken promise diminishes our trust in ourselves. When we lose trust, we lose faith.
James tells us to keep it simple. Promises are not necessary to bind a decision into action. We need to have a transformation in our way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The power of “Yes” should become the binding word. Conversely, the power of “No” should also be a definitive answer. Anything other than “yes” or “no” is the work of the evil one.
The world teaches us it is perfectly okay to recant on a promise, because they’re broken every day. But as Christians, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards. Jesus never had to promise anything. His word was his bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done. When He spoke “No,” it was undone. Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to the truth of your character. Let these small words prove your trustworthiness.
Written by Ennis Smith