God keeps His word, and He keeps His promises. Jesus is God, and He certainly kept His promises, teaching us about His integrity even when He could have called down legions of angels to both protect Him and change the course of spiritual history. In the Garden of Gethsemene, He pleaded with God the Father to allow things to change if it were at all possible. You know the story. Things had to be the way they were, and Jesus yielded to the long ago agreed upon and engineered events that would result in the sin barrier between us and God being removed.
Since those of us who are Christians follow Jesus, we need to follow His example of integrity as well. That means, no matter what the consequences, we need to keep our word, our promises. That’s why scripture tells us to be careful in giving our word: our “yes” should be “yes”, and our “no” should be “no.” In other words, if you promise something, do it. That tells God a great deal about your character. After all, He wants those around for eternity that He can trust just like we want to be around Him because we trust Him.
A while back, a woman gave her word that she would contribute to our ministry. I did not ask for money. We do not solicit contributions. We rely on God the Holy Spirit to lead people to support the work God has given us to do. We don’t suggest amounts. It’s purely between the person and God as to how much to give. The point is that she gave her word and went so far as to ask for the address to send her check to. We have not received anything nor have we approached her because it’s something that’s between God and her. By not doing as she promised, she has shown God that she cannot be relied upon, and that’s a huge matter. Her not keeping her word in this area will cause God to question as to other areas where she won’t keep her promises. He holds her accountable for not doing what she said she would do.
Perhaps you didn’t keep your word in a different way. Perhaps you promised to help someone and didn’t do it. Perhaps you promised to change something about yourself, and you are procrastinating. Perhaps you gave your word and never intended to keep it.
Everyone has challenges where it literally costs to follow through on promises made. That’s why Jesus encourages us all to count the cost of following Him and living His way of life. Following through is showing God that you are spiritually mature, that you are a person of integrity. If reading this journal post has spoken to you, you can make things right. Go to God and apologize for not doing what you said you would do. Receive His forgiveness and make things right so that your spiritual word has been kept.
Pastor G and I pray that you take this opportunity to truly grow in His grace and knowledge in this way. Making things right, taking responsibility for your word or promise, show God you are growing and changing in the best spiritual way.
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