Thursday 20 January, 2022

Matthew 5:33-37

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfil to the Lord the vows you have made.’ 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 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 swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

This passage challenges me to reflect on my heart. Matthew 5 is Jesus reinterpreting the Old Testament law to explain the spirit of the law. He helps us to understand the true intent of the law.

That true intent is to do with internal and external holiness. Why is holiness concerned with oaths and validating agreements? It is because we are to value and love truth. A heart and life of falsehood and exaggeration betrays feelings of deceit, insecurity and even desperately seeking acceptance.

If my heart and life is transformed by his grace, then I value honesty of speech. It all comes from the transformation by his grace – not by my own efforts. I can’t be perfect without Christ. My heart can’t be changed without him.

Dear Lord Jesus, the truth of who you are and your death for me is so wonderful. I need your grace and mercy to change my heart. Amen

Written by Claire Moore

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