Live with Integrity

February 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Matthew 5:21-37 cover prominent issues of the law such as “do not murder” (5:21-26), “do not commit adultery” (5:27-30), divorce (5:31-32) and “do not break your oath” (5:33-37).  On each of these matters, Jesus broadens and deepens the scope of what is at stake in the law.  The last verse (5:37), which directly speak to the issue of oaths, may very well be at the heart of all these issues, namely to be a trustworthy person that lives a life of integrity.  “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’, ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (5:37).  We all have probably heard the story of the four high school boys who were late for school one morning and told their teacher that it was due to a flat tire. The teacher just smiled and asked them to stay after school to write the test they missed earlier that morning.  At the end of the school day she put them in the four corners of the classroom, passed out a piece of paper and pencil to each and told them they will pass the test if they could answer just one question: Which tire was flat???  Will people experience you today as someone who can be trusted, that are reliable, and can be counted on?

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