James 5:11-12 (NLT): “We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.
But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.”
I thought the following two comments made by Selwyn, are excellent: “To be ‘patient’ means we possess an inner quality (given to us by the Holy Spirit) that enables us to accept the negative feelings and doubts – even though we may weep over the pain they sometimes bring – but then rise above them by taking hold of God’s lifeline of faith.”
The second comment is in regard to James’ words about not taking an oath (in a general sense), Selwyn writes: “The meaning of these statements (includes a reference to Matthew 5:34-37) is quite simple: Christians should be so open and honest that their words do not need to be endorsed by an oath.” Some people, become legalistic over these words, and think it means that we should never take an oath, even when it is appropriate to do so, for example in a court. What’s your view?