Yes means yes, no means no

11 May

Anyone out there remember the song “Follow Through” by Gavin DeGraw? I always have and always will love that song. And even though it’s not a Christian song, it has a great message. The chorus includes the following phrase:

You have to follow through with every word you say.

I was reminded of this song recently in a session of Beth Moore’s James: Mercy Triumphs study when she mentioned James 5:12:

Above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

This was a major challenge to me because, just like anyone reading this probably has, I have experienced broken promises in my lifetime. I’ve had people tell me “I promise to never _____,” and then they go and do that very thing. Even I have made statements such as, “I promise I will ____,” and then I go away and forget to do that very thing.

You see, we really shouldn’t have to use the word “promise” at all (James is telling us not to!). When I say, “I will do this,” I should just do it. I should be a woman of my word. I want to be someone people can trust and have faith in.

It’s challenging. It’s biblical. It’s hard work. But I’m going to try harder. Anyone with me?

Jen

One Response to “Yes means yes, no means no”

  1. cindyhfrench May 12, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Hey Jen, I’m with you. In fact I think I have been sorta blogging about my tongue and language in general-but that did include-swearing by or promising. I do want to be know as a woman of my word. I believe that I am-but it is something I am continually working on.

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