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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Can You Only Say "Yes" or "No"?

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Although it's a well known verse, it was meaningful to me in a new way as I read it:

Let what you say be simply "Yes" or "No," anything more than this comes from evil. --Matthew 5:37 NASB

Usually I just read on past that verse, but this time I asked myself, "What 'evil' could be avoided if I just said yes or no? And what evil intentions are revealed in me when I don't?"

I came up with this list:


  • defending myself
  • trying to impress others
  • exaggeration
  • pride
  • boasting
  • contempt for others (even myself)
  • excessive words
  • gossip
  • criticizing others


Wow. I was surprised. Definitely some striking thoughts. 

Now, certainly, we can still do and say those things in other ways, but how much of it would be diminished if we only said "yes" or "no."

Here's a little spiritual exercise for you and me. Let's practice diminishing our words of explanation, defending, and anything else that comes from "evil" motives. 

As we do, notice what is going on in our hearts. How are we not trusting God? How are we trying to manipulate the situation? What does God want to show us about ourselves or Himself?

Shall we try for three days of really concentrating on this? If you want, let me know you're "in" and then comment on what you learned.

And from those who do, I'll draw a winner of Never Ever Be the Same.

2 comments:

  1. Awesome! I am in. ��
    Mona.

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    1. OK, Mona! So glad you'll join the little project! Be sure to share after the 3 days what you learned and I'll draw the winner from those who share. By the way, I already noticed that when I gossiped, it was because I wanted to feel superior. Yikes! That brought a confession time!

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