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.
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. (ESV)