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Thursday, January 29, 2009

ABCs of the Word - Y

Pam at Grey Like Snuffie hosts ABC’s of the Word to focus on a scripture in which the week’s letter is highlighted.

This week’s letter is Y

"Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,'
and your 'No,' "no";
anything beyond this
comes from the evil one."
Matt 5:37 NIV

In His teaching called the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus covered many topics, giving His listeners principles of truth and simplicity. Regarding taking oaths, He advised them to simply speak the truth in a direct manner. Here is the full context:

"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago,
'Do not break your oath,
but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.'
But I tell you, Do not swear at all:
either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
or by the earth, for it is his footstool;
or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
And do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No';
anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
Matt 5:33-37 NIV

Jesus’ words imply our communication should be direct and never complicated by double meanings or innuendo. From a pure heart, the words must proceed in clear-cut dialogue.

For more ABC’s of the Word visit Pam at Grey Like Snuffie.


Kathy said...

Love it, Carrie! Great passage - you've reminded us that our words should be kind and heartfelt.

Just A Girl said...

Oh what an excellent verse. Sometimes that's one of the most difficult things to do...speak clearly from a pure heart.

I was just reading the sermon on the mount yesterday.

Yolanda said...

Now that is an AWESOME word!

Teaches on it's own, doesn't it? :-)


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a beautiful teaching. Thanks so much for sharing, those are scriptures we forget to re-read over and over. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Wonderful choice Carrie! I love the simplicity of it.

pam said...

Oh Carrie....this is a wonderful reminder.

Margie said...

Great verse! Something I need to learn to do: keep it short, sweet, and from the heart. It would save me so much trouble in the end ...

Have a lovely day,
Margie :)

Peggy said...

Bless YOU & Thank YOU Carrie...The Sermon on the Mount is my absolute favorite and YET I
never reached to this ultimate point that sums it all(sorry to say)but it is the key!

Your teaching & God's own WORD truly is a
profound lesson and very definitive! Precious
reminder! So simple in it's truth! YES Lord!

Liz said...

Absolutely! Thank you for the precious reminder.

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