Reject "Yea, Nay" Promises!
A father watched with growing concern as the heart of his son grew more and more distant from him. The 15-year-old boy used to love being around his father, but now he looked for every reason to stay away from him. The father made several attempts to rebuild their relationship, but nothing worked.
When I talked with the son, it became obvious that he was bitter toward his father. The depth of his bitterness surprised me. Several years earlier, his father had promised to take him on a weekend trip but had never carried it out. In talking with the father, I quickly discovered that he had made only a halfhearted promise that he felt he really didn’t need to keep. Thus, he had violated this command of Christ:
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37).