James 5:12 NLT
But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.
The book of James talks about the power of the tongue and learning how to control the tongue.
In this verse, James encourages not to swear or take an oath by heaven or earth or anything.
Rather, let our Yes or No be powerful for people to trust.
Question: What is the reason for taking an oath?
It is because people don’t mean what they say. Thereby, making one to take an oath or give assurances.
But, the Bible says, taking an oath has a potential to lead us to sin or be condemned.
Question: Why James teaches this principle?
Because, many times we owe people something. People have expectations and needs from us.
Every time an expectation that comes to us, we either have to say a Yes or a No.
However, we are so driven by people, fear of people, to an extent we build false and pretentious selves, act in a certain way, tell or do things that make people happy, which can be very dangerous in the process of lying and leading to sin.
James encourages on being your true self, letting your yes be yes and no be no as you need only God’s acceptance.
When the pressure of pleasing people is removed, it becomes easy to say a Yes or No.
If we get this principle, it will solve eighty to ninety percent of relationship struggles.
Most struggles in relationships happen because they say a Yes when it’s a No and vice versa, creating a world full of false people, giving birth to lies and making relationships complicated.
Let’s heed to the advise James gives, by either saying a yes or no without taking an oath and and make sure it doesn’t lead to sin.
God takes our promises seriously. Hence, marriage is a sacred covenant. Breaking covenants can cause a serious level of sin leading to condemnation.
Be careful of your promises and commitments, letting your Yes be Yes and No be No making relationships simple without expectations and obligations from each other.
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