Being The Example of Christ


In Matthew 5:33:

“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:”

Oaths taken in the name of the Lord were looked upon as binding, and perjury of such oaths was strongly condemned by the law.

By the time of Christ, the Jews had developed an elaborate system of oath-taking, which often formed the basis of actual lying. In other words, there were stages of truth and thus also of falsehood within the system of taking oaths.

Also Ecclesiastes 5:5 “Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” It is better not to make a promise than to make one and not keep it.

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.” But if we’re going to be completely honest here, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Yes, it’s true and that’s because in life we have choices. We can choose to do something or choose to not do one thing. However, in life, all a person has in the world is their word and it means more than a lot of people realize. That’s why it’s so important to keep your word or promises because it reflects on you as a person and what it does to the other person A lot of people have tarnished their credibility with people because their unable to fulfill their word. Below are ways to help you make the right promises, so you can fulfill them.

Be Careful What You Promise

Too often, people speak before they think. They say what’s ever on their mind, especially when they’re in the heat of the moment. However, it’s always wise to think before you speak because you can ultimately promise someone a helping hand or something, which later on, you realize that you can’t simply do for a multitude of reasons. Or, simply, you’ll realize that you really don’t want to do what you promised after all. Before you throw out a promise, take the time to pray about the promise you want to give out.

Get Up and Do As You Promised

People make promises everyday and don’t keep them. Sure, something can pop up unexpectedly or a family crisis, but majority of the time, people don’t keep their promises because they get lazy or suddenly, they realize their afraid or not to do what they promised. When that happens, it’s nothing more than the enemy attempting you to stop from keeping your word because like it says in 1John 2:5 “But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him” The enemy has never kept its mission a secret, to steer people away from the path of the Lord. To some this may seem like a trivial step for the enemy, but remember, a loose thread can unravel an entire garment. So, think before you promise, know what you’re promising and you’ll always be able to keep the promises you make.
Cathey Lynn