Speak With Integrity
"I swear to God" – I would venture to say that most of us have spoken those words at some point in our lives. We speak these words or words like these to give credibility to our story and to convince another that what we are saying is the absolute truth. But, Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:33-37 tells us that all we need to say is simply yes or no.
You see men, our character should be of such integrity that when we speak there should be no doubt that we are speaking the truth. Our words should be simple, straight forward, and honest. Do not be evasive with your speech, but speak plainly and leave no doubt of what you really mean. Refrain from using God’s name to make yourself sound good. Be a man whose reputation for honesty speaks for itself so that others will believe your simple yes or no.
This Week’s Challenge: Are you known as a man of his word or do you have a reputation for exaggeration or lying? This week, acknowledge an area of your life where you lied, spoke a half-truth, or even omitted the truth to a person and come clean to the person.