False Promises (Numbers 30)

                                                                     False Promises

            “…he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

            “Peter, do you take Irene as your beloved wife, until death brings you apart?”

            The pastor asked the groom.

            “I do!” 

            Peter replied

            “Do you promise to care for her, and love her in sickness and in health?”

            “I promise.”

            In the 1970’s, an Italian song called “Parole” became very popular in Europe.  This song was a witty dialogue between a couple, in which the man would promise love and she would respond “Parole” (“just words!”).  He would continue with a plethora of empty promises, to which the woman just answered “Parole, parole.”

            Christians should be very careful with every word that comes out of our mouths.  This includes insults, lies, empty words, and false promises. We must mean what we say and say what we mean; but above all, we must always speak the truth.

            God listens to our promises and takes them seriously.  It is preferable to think a bit more before we promise; it is better not to promise anything to God, than to promise and not fulfill or keep our word.

            Let us not follow the bad example of many who say “I do” and then change their minds and say “I won’t!”  One of every two marriages ends up in divorce. It is sad to see so many broken promises!

            Decide to be a promise keeper today.

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