Trust in Truth

“Above all, my brothers, do not swear – not by heaven or by earth or by anything else.  Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned. – James 5:12

Swearing by anything to convey that my words are true, is not trusting God to guard my integrity nor my reputation.  If I am walking upright before Him, then I must simply speak truth.  My yes and my no are enough, and His trust is what matters.

Though slander may be spoken, I must trust God and allow His truth to triumph.  Attempts at arguments or vehement denial, only lead to a serious spiral downward.  What may have begun as a hurtful statement, or misguided proclamation, becomes the catalyst for cursing and unkind comments.  It is my charge to hold my tongue and speak as Jesus spoke.  Truth spoken in love is what will not only last, but will set stories straight and lift lives to trust Truth, rather than rely on rumors.

If my true concern is to simply operate in honesty and integrity, and I cease to allow myself to be concerned with what others think, the spiral will stop. In the silent stillness, His truth will be seen.  There is no condemnation in Christ, because He has set us free through His sacrifice once and for all. (paraphrase of Romans 8:1-3)  He sets us free from all sorts of sin, and allows only truth to remain.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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