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We say something we regret. We excuse it by saying, “I didn’t mean it”.

That doesn’t cut it in God’s world. We need to control what we say and only say things that we mean. We should tell the truth. We should be counted on for that.

We need to keep our promises. If we say we are going to do something, we should do it. If we can’t, we shouldn’t say it.

If we love someone, we should only speak words of love and caring. Jesus challenges us to love everyone.

God’s goal for us to say what we mean. And if we don’t mean it, don’t say it.

And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, ‘I’ll pray for you,’ and never doing it, or saying, ‘God be with you,’ and not meaning it. You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. 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.

(Matthew 5:33-37 The Message)