Bible Verses

“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’” — Matthew: 5:37

“By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” — Matthew 12:37

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

Jesus made it clear that you should be honest with your communication with everyone.  Also, the thought you communicate should be accurate.  There are so many times I replied yes to someone when I was just delaying a situation or trying to change subjects.  It seems difficult to be direct and give an accurate response, but after time the outcome will be much better. 

Christian Lesson for Today

Jim Brandt

This concept was difficult for me, especially with customers.  I was always concerned about losing the sale.  After studying this lesson and applying the message to my daily activities, I did see the benefits.  When I gave a “yes” answer to questions when the response should have been “no,” or I am not sure; not only was I dishonest, but I delayed a situation that I could have resolved during the conversation.

I discovered that when I was careful about the accuracy of my “yes” and “no” responses, people respected me.  It took a while for me to realize that there was no benefit in delaying a situation or misleading someone, but there was a major benefit in being truthful and making all my communication clear.

This concept helped me with my fellow workers as well.  It is amazing how much more you can accomplish when you are accurate with your responses.  Not only do you save time by communicating accurately during the initial conversation, but your fellow workers, staff members, or employees begin to respect you more.  There is no benefit in sending an inaccurate message.

The concept of being accurate when you reply “yes” or “no” also applies to family and friends.  Sometimes it takes courage and discipline to be accurate with your responses, but after time it becomes part of your personality.

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

I discovered that I always benefit from being accurate with “Yes” or “No” communication with everyone.  Giving accurate responses may be more difficult at the time of the conversation, but the benefits received over time are substantial.

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.