True Tone

James 5:12, “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
Plain talk is the best talk. Like Jesus (Matthew 5:37), James calls God’s people to be straightforward, honest, and plain in their speech. This does not mean rude, contentious, or mean. Simply say what is right, in the right manner, and at the right time. Too much talk leads to sin (Proverbs 10:19). None of us are bound to always say something. Silence often is golden. When the time to speak does arise, however, be sensible. Be decisive. Be biblically consistent in word and tone. Trust God for the doing of this and with the results.