James 5:12 (NIV)
Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.
Honesty is the best policy, that’s what the old saying says. James is also giving wisdom that is very old, as he reminds us to be honest. Jesus had given the same guidance as he taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:37)
It seems so simply to live honestly, to simply say yes or know and stick with your choice. However, in our world today we are bombarded with people telling us that we can’t trust anything as true. We also are encouraged by so many to cut corners, or take things that truly are not ours. The thought by many is that it isn’t hurting anyone, especially if it only affects a corporation. The truth is that even the smallest dishonest actions have consequences to the whole world we live in
James gives a simple rule, “Let your yes be yes”.
Let us strive to live in honesty with ourselves and everyone around us.
Prayer: God, please forgive our weakness. Help us to live in honesty always.