July 13, 2018 – Matthew 5:37

But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.

– Matthew 5:37

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

This verse tells us that the Lord likes honest people, so He asks us to be honest. We should be straightforward in our words and actions and deceive neither God nor man, for only the honest can enter the kingdom of heaven. However, being honest is not as easy as we imagine. Especially when something involves our interests, we easily lie and deceive other people in spite of ourselves. Sometimes, we pray to God and make resolutions to expend for Him, but fail to do so in real life. Isn’t this deceiving God? Then why is it so hard to be honest? What should we do to be honest?

God’s words give us the answer. God says, “Why do people engage in such deceit? To achieve their own aims, and to achieve the objectives they desire. And so they adopt certain methods, which shows that they are not upstanding, and that they are not honest. At such times, people’s insidiousness and cunning is revealed, or else their maliciousness and ignobility. With these things, you feel that it is especially hard to be honest; without them, you would feel that being honest is easy. The greatest obstacles to being honest are people’s insidiousness, their deceitfulness, their maliciousness, and their ignoble motivations.” “Honesty means to give your heart to God; never to play Him false in anything; to be open with Him in all things, never hiding the truth; never to do that which deceives those above and deludes those below; and never to do that which merely ingratiates yourself with God. In short, to be honest is to refrain from impurity in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man.

From these words, we can see there is deceit in our disposition. In order to protect our own face and status, to achieve our aims, we just lie and cheat in spite of ourselves. Therefore, if we don’t want to tell lies, first we should give our hearts to God, be open with Him, share our innermost thoughts with Him. There is no doing business with God, no demand on payment: An honest person lives to content God. And we should be simple and open with other people, do not deceive others for our interests. In addition, God can see deep into the heart of man. If we want to be honest, we should accept God’s observation in all things, always look into our own thoughts and ideas, consciously forsake our wrong intentions, and practice being honest according to God’s words.

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