Wrestling With Honesty
James 5:12 “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
For many (introverts especially), there is a tendency to want to avoid conflict; to avoid forced or premature commitments; and to avoid hurting, disappointing, or offending others. Such avoidance can lead to a quick yes, a pressured yes, or even to an impled yes as we fail to deliver a clear “no.” Whatever our motives may be, no matter how ‘good’ they may be, we lose credibility when we give such false assurances. It is better to say “no,” or to otherwise reject a matter, than it is to say or imply “yes,” when we really have little or no intention of following through. Amongst other things, character comes from taking a truthful and righteous stance; from such character comes a sense of trustworthiness and reliability in the eyes of others, something that all Christians should strive to develop and cultivate.
May God give us the grace necessary to stand firm for God’s Truth, the Truth of the Gospel, The Truth of Holy Scripture, but also for the truth of our own words in our dealings with others so that we may be deemed faithful, reliable, and trustworthy, in the eyes of those to whom we may be of benefit.
To God be the glory, in Christ Jesus, Amen.