There has been such a general deterioration in the type of language people use that it can be embarrassing at time to overhear or be involved in certain conversations and even professional business conversations. Do some leaders just use vile violent words to shock others?
Almighty God is not affected by profanity. By the taking of the Name of God in vain or misusing the Name of Jesus Christ, it is man who is affected.
Having been reading and studying in Matthew Chapter 5, we find around verses 21 and 22 that the words we use or misuse or abuse have wider influence and implications than we sometimes realise.
The word is an expression of who God is, and what we are. This is what these phrases are all about. This is one reason why men in leadership should be careful as to what they say.
How often has a microphone been left on and what the man really thinks has been broadcast!
This is how we can trust His Word and know that what He says is reliable and true. It is an expression of who He is.
There is no wedge driven between Jesus and His Word. There is no disparity.
That is why we are called to bear His image, and be ambassadors for God.
There is to be no disparity between what we are and what we say. We cannot be one thing to one person and another thing to something else. How many in leadership have tried that and when it is too late they discover how they have failed?
It rules out speaking about people behind their backs. It rules out speaking about others in hushed tones.
Anything else is from the evil one because it does not bear His image.
Jesus Christ is challenging and cleaning up the rabbis two faced hypocrisy.
Jesus is dealing with integrity here.
To be able to speak and to know that anything we say could be broadcast or heard by anyone is an amazingly strong position to be in, and to be trusted, and for people to know that when they speak to us it is not going to be twisted, but that we can be trusted because of the integrity of Christ in us through the Holy Spirit, and when we say “Yes” we mean yes and when we say “No” we mean no.
By the way, are we not liars by nature? Is this not one of the reasons why we ask people to swear over a Bible when giving evidence in Court?
We have in some way to be distinctly bound to tell and speak the truth, and we use the Bible because man believed that behind this Word was the character of God before whom we have to appear and stand and answer one day.
The formula of words is not important. You know the type of thing we hear children say – “cross my heart and hope to die!”
Now, this is radical living. How many in leadership aim for this level of integrity for these high moral standards?
To bear God’s image and be complete reliability, and enjoy a scrupulous conversation and exercise scrupulous honesty, is a massive challenge!
This will make us markedly different from most other people in the world, as Jesus was different. That is the challenging calling His disciples are being given here and now, and what a different atmosphere there would be if every leader applied these exacting principles in conversation and life at work and in the home.