Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
“A ‘no’ is as good as a ‘yes’.” This has been my mantra when it comes to prayer. My thinking is that if I am truly trusting God for His answer and guidance (which by definition is always for His glory and my good), then a closed door has just eliminated one of many possibilities. God is willing to say “no” because it leads in the ultimate right direction.
With this in mind, it is not a wonder that Jesus would tell me to be just as clear in my own responses.
I have vivid memories of telling my then teenagers, they could not go somewhere because I could not provide transportation, when in fact I wanted to say no to the event. I thought the cover up would go down easier. (If I’ve never confessed this lie, Lord, I do so now.) Of course, it backfired because any teen who wants to do something can find a ride. I had not only shot myself in the foot with my kid, but it made everything worse.
I learned a few painful but valuable lessons that day. I could make bumper stickers.
- Cover ups never work.
- Honesty is always the best policy.
- Conflict avoidance as a technique is probably just lying.
- Speak the truth in love. If you can’t keep the two together, be quiet until you figure it out.
- With God, a “no” is as good as a “yes”.