This Sunday's Sermon, we'll continue our "Summer on the Mount" Series from Matthew. We've all known "Yes Men" and "Yes Women" in our lives. People who know that their promises are empty but say them anyway to either go along with what they think you want to hear or to get what they want. Sometimes this is the same thing! Jesus had something to say to us when we take this easy path: “Let your Yes mean Yes and your No mean No." (Matthew 5:37) Manipulating your words to get what you want is not act of a disciple of Christ. The path of Christ's disciple is one of integrity, authenticity, and transparency. This means open communication of truth (with love) even when it's uncomfortable. It also implies being accountable for what we say. So be true to one another and to yourself and let your "yes" and "no" mean exactly that. You don't make your words any truer by embellishing them or saying things you think others want to hear. Besides, living in-authentically is an exhausting way to live and God doesn't want that for you!
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