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Promises we Make

It's good to follow through on our words, yes. That's actually a scriptual practice blessed by God our Savior – we become imitators of Him because He keeps His Promises. It's especially important with children because they really trust us.

I think that all of us has a child inside of us that feels good when promises are kept. This is a message for Today is'nt it?......where so many promises are not kept with the busy rush and pace of life_ it's activity and responsibilities? For me, I said to The Lord once that I could not take any more of that and had to make a few boundaries. I've made some exceptions with some very genuine people who had good intentions I'm sure....regardless of those, they too have let me down.

I give this encouragement to you, that The Lord says in His Word that “He is not a disappointment” He keeps His Promises – sometimes when conditions are kept. But His Love is unconditional.....His Faithfulness can be trusted.

Sometimes people can damage our trust with broken promises through sheer carelessness (rash promises) or neglect. Scripture says to “Let your Yes be Yes”. Let us be keepers of His Word – that is to keep our words. Otherwise, it is best not to make them, even if the person may feel good for the moment – they may be twice as upset later.....hey? It's true. I have had a few repeats of this recently. Just because I write Inspirations does not mean to say that I'm exempt, and I am a happy peaceful person these days.

Sometimes we break our promises by putting things off and later we forget. Please be mindful that the person still remembers. Do you think we could think first before making a promise? Maybe we should make a commitment to that promise when we make it? We could even make a reminder note so we can't forget. And we will get to share Joy with that person when they are happy with us. Let's be thankful receivers!

I'm thinking about posting a 2nd article about this because it is so important_ to God, the receiver and ourself. I just found a lot of links on Google.

What are your thoughts about this? How could we avoid disappointing others.....and how can we best recover from this type of thing? Pleasant entries please.

Quote: We can be genuine when making a promises, it takes integrity to keep them.  JV
Quote: We value a person as much as we keep our words.  JV
Quote: It's the little promises we break the most because there are more of them.  JV
Quote: It's best not to make too many promises to keep up with - we're sure to break them.  JV

Try not to make promises to God
we only break them and feel poorly.
Let Him make them to you instead
and live in appreciation of them!

YES THAT IS THE BEST WAY




6 Comments to Promises we Make:

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Cathy on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 8:24 AM
To be honest, I don't think I keep half the promises I make and it's true that I make them in haste. Maybe they're only small promises, nothing big. I like to make people feel good and sometimes concerned how they would think of me.....maybe not so good when I don't keep them. I did not realise this is so important to Jesus. That's a confession I know.
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Sheree on Saturday, 2 August 2014 1:18 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with Cathy! We often make promises to people in haste and while one should always keep the promises they make I think it is also important to remember that one always has a choice and that one is entitled to say 'No'! When others ask us to do things for them we often get caught in the trap of being the good christian; the nice or polite person and saying 'Yes' to things when we know deep down that we would rather not be doing them or that we don't have the time for it!It would be much better to just say 'No' to something than have to find an excuse later on or to break the promise we made. Sometimes we get so concerned about our (Christian)image that we automatically agree to things because we want to be seen to be doing good and loving God and others. We often let other people dictate our lives because we are more concerned about how they see us as opposed to how God sees us. So please the next time you are asked to commit to something think about it before agreeing and remember it is okay to say 'No'! The person will respect you more for saying 'No' to start with than if you agree and later on break your promise.
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Trish on Sunday, 3 August 2014 11:47 PM
I'm thinking about some promises I've made to God in the last year. I have not kept them, they HAVE gone by forgotten. I partly kept one of them. Maybe I would feel better about myself if I think more carefully so I don't repeat that. He has feelings too. And yes, I need to say 'no' to people more often, I care too much what they think. Thanks Sheree.
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Sheree on Saturday, 1 November 2014 11:52 AM
We often commit to things in haste without really acknowledging just how much time and effort they are actually going to cost us. However from my previous comment which reminds us it is okay to say 'No' and that people will respect you more for saying 'No' than actually breaking your word or promise; one is then challenged by Jesus to give freely from the heart(refer to page: Truth about Giving). Jesus wants us to keep our promises, he wants us to give freely of our money and possessions but also of our gifts, talents and time - Jesus sees our hearts! So before you make a promise stop and ask yourself am I doing this freely from my heart? Am I doing this because I want to? Because it gives me joy? Because I feel Jesus's leading? Or am I doing this out of duty or obligation or because someone asked nicely and I know how busy they are? While others may be disappointed or judge you for saying 'No' to their requests Jesus sees deep into your heart and soul. He understands the many pressures and stresses we face in life; he will understand your reasons for saying 'No' and he also remembers all the times when you said 'Yes' and subsequently have been a blessing to others! Jesus doesn't judge you - he loves you! And you know what? Jesus may just have something else in mind for you to be doing and giving - freely from your heart for His glory!
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Michelle on Wednesday, 5 November 2014 2:47 PM
I love your comments Sheree....Jesus does understand us when we falter. Grace and responibility are a good mix, one is not good without the other....we do our best and God gives His Grace.


Mark and Debbie on Monday, 16 February 2015 5:41 PM
It IS important what we say to our children. We need to be more careful of our words. In early years, they take for real our every word - including promises - in later years they've learned that promises can't always be trusted. Who taught them this? Maybe US. So maybe we owe them a few apologies and we could mend our ways. It's also important to let them know that we still love them when we say no.
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