North Way Christian Community Church in Pittsburgh, PA

Week 2 – Devotional 3

READ Scripture: Matthew 5:33-37
Oaths don’t play a huge role in our culture, so here’s a little background. For first-century Jews, oaths were very common… but they weren’t always binding! If you swore using God’s name, you had to follow through on your word. But swearing by anything else—such as Jerusalem or your own head—was less serious and represented an “escape clause.” Jesus’ point here is that as God’s children, we shouldn’t need to add any extra assurances to what we say we’re going to do. People should always be able to trust our word. We may not share the custom of breaking oaths, but how many different excuses do we come up with when we fail to follow through?

REFLECT
To what extent do other people feel confident putting their trust in your words?

Can you think of examples of when your words lacked integrity?

RESPOND
If you thought of an example in the previous question, reach out to apologize to someone you hurt with your words.

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