That which I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yes, yes and no, no at the same time? 2 Corinthians 1:17
The pursuit of holiness before God has a lot to do with the pursuit of godliness before man. As people of God we are called to be above reproach. We are called to be people of integrity.
There are times we are misunderstood and accused of wrong which we never did. At other times we bring it upon ourselves because we keep bumping up against the line of integrity.
Paul knew what it was like to be misunderstood. But it wasn’t because he was bumping against anything. Paul had to explain: He’d had a perfect plan for visiting the Corinthians again (which they had expected) –but God changed it. There’s nothing wrong with planning. There are times God lets us carry out our plans; there are also times He lets us crawl out of them. Paul could adequately explain his actions to the Corinthians—and before God: “I call God as witness to my soul” (1:23).
A man or woman who lives a self-centered existence is necessarily undependable. Their yes or no depends on the whim of the moment, on what would be best for them right then. They will at any moment change their minds and plans to suit their own interest. But for the Christian, it comes down to your word: “Let your yes be yes, and your no, no” (James 5:12). What about the purity of your word? When something comes out of your mouth…is it filtered by your concern for the reputation of Jesus Christ?