Passage: Matthew 5:21
Truth and Integrity Summary
- Jesus says his followers should not swear oaths - let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no.
- Oaths were often used as clever ways to lie in Jesus' day. He abolished the distinction between words that must be true and don't have to be.
- Getting rid of oaths is an easy application, but Jesus is really calling us to be fully truthful and credible in all we say.
- Outright lies obviously undermine credibility. But truth-telling needs to be our consistent pattern for trust to build.
- In an age of misinformation and "alternative facts," disciples should stand out as reliable, honest witnesses.
- Beyond just truth-telling, Jesus' words also point to integrity - following through and doing what we say we'll do.
- Our "yes" and "no" should be dependable. When we don't follow through, it takes time to rebuild trust and integrity.
- God himself is fully reliable, trustworthy and keeps all his promises. We can anchor to him.
- When have you seen oaths or swearing used in merely superficial or misleading ways?
- Why do you think truth and honesty matter so much to God? How have lies impacted relationships in your life?
- In what ways have you seen trust in leaders, institutions, etc. erode in recent years? How should this push Christ-followers towards greater integrity?
- What causes the gap between our good intentions and actually following through with what we say we'll do?
- How can our community encourage each other in keeping our word and strengthening reliability? What helps you follow through?
- How does God's complete faithfulness and promise-keeping inspire you to be true to your word?