Each of our reputations are defined by our level of credibility. Instead of exaggerating with empty promises, simply stay reliable with a trustworthy life.
Our credibility is determined by the trustworthiness of what we say.
Little White Lies (5:33-36)
- Jesus paraphrased Old Testament teaching (Lev. 19:12; Num. 30:2; Deut. 23:21; Zech. 8:17) regarding the importance of empty or misleading promises.
- We can easily justify misrepresenting the truth in order to support an agenda.
- Jesus condemned the use of God’s throne, God’s creation, God’s people, or God’s child to fortify our words.
- No matter where we are, our words never escape the observation of God.
Simply Truthful Statements (5:37)
- Bold assertions are unnecessary for the truthful person.
- The disciple’s life should be so marked with integrity that nothing more than a simple statement is required.
- If we need more backing for our words, we reveal them to be unfortunately untrustworthy.
Distinctly Christian Applications
- Accept that every media outlet has mastered the art of filtering the truth.
- Realize that our culture accepts inconsistencies as long as it supports the favorable reality.
- Christians must distinguish themselves as reliable in a time obsessed with fabrications.
- If you ruin your credibility on trivial issues, you forfeit the opportunity to speak into significant matters.