Yes and No

May 5, 2013

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More thoughts on applying The Sermon on the Mount to marriage.

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But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all… Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’” [Mt 5:34a & 37a ESV]

There is some debate among scholars about what Jesus meant here. Some say He was forbidding any oath at all, while others argue Jesus was dealing with the proliferation of false and manipulative oaths common among Jewish leaders at the time. I tend to fall on the latter argument because we have examples of Paul making an oath (Gal 1:20 for example), and of Jesus answering when asked to swear “by the living God” (Mt 26:63&64).

Leaving that aside, the bigger picture is we should be so faithful to do what we say that no oath is necessary. If you say you’ll do something, do it. If you say you’ll not do something, don’t do it.

Trust is a vital ingredient for a healthy, happy marriage, and being a man of your word is a sure way to build solid trust.

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Great tweet of the week:

My goal is to end each day with my wife thinking “Wow, this man couldn’t possibly love me more than today!” …then improving it tomorrow…@SongSix3

Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:

New blog this week – Do Not Disturb. I’ve been reading and tweeting this couple a good while, need to add them here.

Featured Post – A must read article I saw this week:
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A Seussical Sex Life ◄ A fun read.

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Is Sex Really All that Important in Marriage? ◄ Julie argues it is vital.

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“At Least I Don’t…” ◄ Never a good start.


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Are you looking for lessons or ammunition? ◄ Brilliant!

The Romantic Vineyard

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