Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 2, 2010
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of May 2, 2010
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Keeping your word
Jesus taught, "Again, you have heard that it was
said to those of ancient times, 'You shall not
swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have
made to the Lord.' But I say to you, Do not
swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the
throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his
footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city
of the great King. And do not swear by your
head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Let your word be 'Yes, Yes' or 'No, No'; anything
more than this comes from the evil one."
Jesus' words in today's verse are intended to help
listeners avoid perjury, according to F. F. Bruce
("The Hard Sayings of Jesus," pp. 66-67). Bearing
false witness and breaking our vows are significant
legal and spiritual concerns. Scripture lessons in
Exodus 20:7, Leviticus 19:12, Numbers 30:2, and
Deuteronomy 23:21 offer further guidance. In short,
followers of Jesus should be women and men of their
While writing this reflection I watched a wonderful
movie "It Could Happen to You." This entertaining
1994 movie is about a New York City cop, a waitress,
and a lottery ticket. To the cop's embarrassment,
as he paid his bill, he lacked money for a tip.
All he had left was a lottery ticket. Not expecting
to win anything, the police officer promised to share
his lottery winnings with the waitress in lieu of a
tip. To everyone's surprise and delight, the officer
held the winning ticket for millions of dollars.
Being a man of his word, he honored his promise and
endured much criticism for doing so. But his word
was his pledge and he was determined to do the right
thing. He had made a promise. Being a person of
integrity, he kept his word. What would you have
done in his situation?
So for today, let your "yes" be "yes" and "no" be '
"no" before making hasty promises. Consider the
cost of your words. Think twice before offering
vows, oaths, promises, and good intentions. As
a follower of Jesus, keep your word.
God, help us honor our words, promises, vows, and
Grace and peace,
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