Promises Promises
"Above all, my brothers, do not swear - not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned." (Jas. 5:12 NIV)

  1. Your commitment DEFINES who you are.
    "And don't say anything you don't mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk, saying, 'I'll pray for you,' and never doing it, or saying, 'God be with you,' and not meaning it. You don't make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say 'yes' and 'no.' When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong." (Matt. 5:33-37 MSG)

    "Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart." (Ps. 51:6 AMP)

  2. Keep your promises even when it seems INSIGNIFICANT.
    "You used to walk in these ways ... But now you must rid yourselves of all such things ... Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." (Col. 3:7-10 NIV)

    "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (Jn. 8:44 NIV)

  3. Keep your promises even when it seems REGRETTABLE.
    "Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? ... He whose walk is blameless and ... who speaks the truth from his heart and ... who keeps his oath even when it hurts, (Ps. 15:1-4 NIV)

    "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." ... And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground." (Luke 22:42-44)