Day 2: Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes,’ or ‘No, No’


Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’
(Matthew 5:37)

Ephesians 4:22-25
Matthew 5:33-37

Reflection

Violence towards fellow humans is not found only in physical assault and robbery, but also in gossip and malicious rumours. Social media have made it easy for untruths to be circulated instantly to a wide audience. Christians in Indonesia are aware of how this has sometimes led to lies and prejudice being propagated by religious groups, including Christians, against other religious groups. Fear and the threat of reprisals can make people reluctant to stand up for the truth and can cause them to remain silent in the face of unjust and untrue statements aimed at causing fear.

Jesus boldly said, ‘Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.’ Deceitfulness destroys good relationships between persons and between groups, including churches. Dishonesty disrupts the unity of the Church. The Letter to the Ephesians reminds us that we are members of one another. This is a call for Christians to be honest and accountable to each other, so that they may grow in fellowship. When we do so, it is not the spirit of the evil one, but the Holy Spirit of God who will be with us.

Prayer

God of righteousness, 
grant us wisdom to distinguish right from wrong.
Let our hearts be guided by honesty and our lips speak the truth. 
Give us courage to be truthful even when others go against us.
Keep us from spreading deceit; 
make us, rather, agents of unity and peace, 
spreading good news for all people. 
We pray in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.