The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth (Matthew 5:33-37)Darrell Hershberger, July 20, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Darrell spoke on the subject of swearing, and honesty in general.
We need to live the truth as well as speak the truth. Darrell read the story of "The Bishop's Chairs" from the 8th grade reader. We need to be genuine and honest in all circumstances.
The world is built on deception, hence the need for swearing in the courtroom.
In Matthew 5:33, Jesus said, "Swear not at all." James 5:12 - "Let your yea be yea and your nay, nay."
Early Christians did not swear to oaths. Christians should be addicted to the truth. Deceit brings distrust. Swearing is not needed for those who live by the standard of truth in everyday life.
I Peter 2:12 - Our lifestyle should be consistently honest and truthful and in the open. A lie isn't just what is said, it's also the impression we leave.
We should honor our commitments and do what we say. We need to be honest with ourselves and not overestimate what we can do.
I John 1:6 - We need to be sincere about who we really are, not pretending to be something we are not.
Avoid aggressive behavior; it bites away trust in others.
33Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: 35Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. 36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (KJV)