Matthew 5:37 In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong. (The Message Bible)
According to https://www.linkedin.com/business/learning/blog/career-success-tips/you-speak-at-least-7-000-words-a-day-here-s-how-to-make-them, “Research shows the average person speaks at least 7,000 words a day, with many speaking much more than that.” Have you ever thought about how much time you spend talking? Add the emails, text messages, and who knows what other written communications and the words accumulate. How much of the time are we trying to make an impression on others about how much we know or how clever or funny we are? We can use our words (or our silence) to hide what we think and feel. We can use them to seek a favorable response from others. We can exaggerate, flatter, and down-right lie at times too. How much better would life be if we could just be sure others were telling the truth and would keep their word. Maybe someone feels that way about us. Let’s say what we mean and mean what we say as Jesus teaches.