Do you keep your word
'...keeps a promise even if it ruins him...' Psalm 15:4 TLB
There's a print company that sells notepads, and the company states: '100% satisfaction or 100% of your money back!' Now, most people would not be dissatisfied with a notepad. But if the pages were made of thin layers of jelly instead of paper it's good to know that you'd feel confident that the company would fulfil their 'money back' promise, even if it was only a couple of dollars.Unlike companies, keeping our promises usually doesn't lose us cash. But keeping promises can be costly: we may have to miss out on something more 'exciting,' or put ourselves out in order to keep our word.Solomon says it's '...better not to vow than to...not fulfil it' (Ecclesiastes 5:5 NIV)! God doesn't want us to avoid making promises, he just wants us not to make them lightly and to be committed to keeping them. In Psalms David asks: 'Lord, who may...find refuge...on your holy hill?' Here's the answer: 'Anyone who leads a blameless life and is truly sincere...[and] keeps a promise even if it ruins him' (Psalm 15:2-4 TLB). So what now? Do you keep your word even when it costs you? For example, when you promise to pray for somebody - do you? When you say you'll be somewhere on time - are you? When you tell people they can depend on you - can they? When you agree to repay that cash you borrowed on time - do you? Now, nobody is perfect but when your word fails, admit your mistake without making excuses. As a follower of Christ, your word should be your bond.
Soulfood: Gen 11:1-9, Phil 2:1-11, Ps 133, Ps 133