Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

Jesus taught that if we make a promise, we do not have to swear by heaven, nor by earth, nor by any place on earth, nor by any part of our lives, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:33-37).
If we say what we mean, and mean what we say, doing what we said, and saying what we shall do, why do we have to swear by something that we will do it? Sometimes we do that because we want a person to know that we will keep our promises, but the best way to let people know that we do what we promise is to build a reputation of doing just that.

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