All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
A person with passive-aggressive behavior has a pattern of indirectly expressing negative feelings instead of openly addressing them. There’s a disconnect between what a passive-aggressive person says and what he or she does. For a passive-aggressive person, true feelings are shared through actions, not words.
A passive-aggressive person might appear to agree — perhaps even enthusiastically — with another person’s request. Rather than completing the task, however, he or she might express anger or resentment by missing deadlines, showing up late to meetings, making excuses or even working against the task.
Specific signs and symptoms of passive-aggressive behavior include:
- Resentment and opposition to the demands of others
- Complaining about feeling underappreciated or cheated
- Memory lapses
- Cynical or hostile attitude
Is your yea, yea and nay, nay? Are you passively aggressive to your spouse, children, supervisor, peers, colleagues, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ? Then you are missing out on the blessings of living transparently and following the teaching of Jesus.
The “internal” law
Jesus mentions a few of the” internal” laws that impact an individual’s living in Matthew 5: Do not express hatred for another, but do good to everyone no matter what they did to you. Do nothing sexually immoral. Do not break any commitments you make. Do not rebel against any authority, even evil ones. These are not laws that we can just wake up one day and say, “Well, it’s illegal to do this, so I think I’ll just stop.” Rather, these are laws that must begin to be obeyed in our minds. Our thoughts are what determine what our small, seeming insignificant actions will be. Thus, we must depend on the Spirit of God to obey in this way. Without the Spirit, we cannot obey God.
Please don’t be fooled by those who think the Sermon on the Mount is for those in the past. It is for today, for today’s people. Let us live it out and place our hope on Jesus, our King and Lawgiver and not be judged for breaking our commitments in life.