Matthew 5:33-37

33 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’ 34 But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. 37 Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

How many promises have we made and broken. I know that I’ve made a lot. I hate to even write that down but it is true. I love this paragraph in the Bible. Jesus is teaching us how to speak and how to answer properly. It is hard to just say “yes” and “no”. I hate saying NO. In ministry is so hard to say NO. Everything in me wants to say YES! How often have we said YES and broken a promise. I guess we should have said NO.

Teaching children is a great adventure. I believe that we should teach kids to say YES and NO. We should teach them to be careful with promises. The word promise and the idea of a promise have been lost in society I’m afraid. Everything is a bargaining chip. We are all waiting for the “better thing” to come along. Saying YES is difficult. I think that is why Jesus wants us to say YES or NO and not fool around with the gooey middle.

There is something powerful when we say YES or NO. We show where we stand, what we believe, and what matters to us. When we say YES to someone that is a powerful thing. That is a commitment. We don’t like to make commitments in our society today. This is a sad reality.

We have the opportunity to teach children to say YES when they truly mean YES and to say NO when the moment is right. We can also teach them to value promises too! God has made promises to us. They have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. That is a powerful thing.

God said YES to us in Christ. He stands by His YESs and NOs. We should too.