12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
This verse starts off with, “But most of all” so we know that it is more important than preceding advice given to believers
Believers are encouraged to keep their language simple yet truthful ie. don’t beef things up by swearing an oath to some higher power. Tell it how it is, no more and no less.
Believers will be held to account for the things they say.
This passage reminds us that the words we speak are important. The world we live in has much spin and gloss and I am challenged here to not get caught up in it. Rather God’s word directs us to communicate simply and truthfully. This way our own language can’t tie us up in knots!
Dear Lord, please help me to honour you by letting my “yes be yes and my no be no” Amen.
Written by Ainslie Woods