I promise! (peksman!)

Posted: March 14, 2015 in devotionals
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Have you ever heard of the line, “promises are made to be broken?” I heard it more often in schools. When the midterms or finals is approaching, students would line up to the President’s office, wherein they will promise to pay a certain amount on a certain time in order for their clearances to be signed. Without the clearance, the student is not given a permit. Without the permit, the student can’t take an exam. So the student would usually promise to do something about settling his account. However, after the clearance is released, the student usually forgets his promises…until the next exam in which he repeats the cycle all over again.

We often hear politicians make empty promises. We also become jaded when our loved ones makes promises that they don’t intend to keep. The question is, “what does the Bible say about promises? How does God act towards the things we vow?”

(Read Numbers 30)

If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds to his mouth. – Numbers 30:2

God doesn’t take promises lightly. For if we claim that we believe in God, one of his characteristics is He is truth. Nothing false is found in him. That means that when He says something, he does it.

Now here’s the clincher. We are His representatives to the world. We reflect who God is. Now if we don’t keep our word, it simply means we don’t believe that God is truth. We don’t value truthfulness because we don’t really believe that God means what He says. We then would not hold on to the promises of God because it doesn’t really matter to us. That is what it means when we don’t do what we say.

So should we not make promises instead?

Jesus said…”Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil” (Matt. 5:37).

Don’t make promises. A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ would suffice. Keep your integrity intact with what you say. Here are a few things to think of before we say anything…

#1 Think before you speak. A lot of times, we say something before we even thought of the consequences. It is better to hold off our tongue before reacting or saying something.

#2 Learn to say “No”. We get into trouble when we overcommit or say “yes” when we don’t really intend to do things.

#3 Speak the truth. We don’t have to exaggerate or make things look bigger than it is. Practice speaking the truth at all times. Even if you say a joke.

What other things can we think of before we speak?


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