The dictionary meaning of the word ‘promise’ is to ASSURE someone that one will DEFINITELY do something or that something WILL happen.
Many people don’t put much thought into making promises. They think that the world will not really come to an end and you will forgive them if they don’t deliver on their promises. So they commit to something at a drop of a hat with no real intention of keeping it. This right here is one of my pet peeves….
I’ve had unfortunate encounters with people who casually made promises without fully understanding how it can ruin the trust that is much needed for building healthy relationships.
Broken promises can damage a relationship or ruin one’s reputation.
I am a biggie on promises. I take promises seriously and I will do everything possible not to break a promise — this also includes promises made to children. It’s a total shame and disgrace if someone cannot trust your word.
A promise is a promise.
When a person is consistent – trust in the relationship is strengthened.
When promises are broken – people get offended, hurt and they walk away.
- Broken promises are inexcusable
- Half truth is a whole lie
- Careless promises can have real lasting consequences
Every time you give your word – you are putting your reputation on the line.
If you don’t keep your word – you damage relationships that you may desperately need another time. Your own reputation is at risk – nobody will trust you again.
Bad news travel light and fast.
A promise is a promise at the end of the day.
Shifting gears now:
Here are some promises from God that has kept me trusting Him over and over again. I’ve kept a record:
- God has promised me that His grace is sufficient.
Highlighted in my Bible is 2 Corinthians 12:9:
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
- God has promised that ALL things WILL work in my favour.
Romans 8:26-28 MSG:
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
- Are you aware that Jesus the Son of God is so incredibly awesome that He prays for us when our backs are against the wall. And, He keeps His promise…
Luke 22:32 ICB:
“I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.””
Reality Checkpoint: I’ve held on to these promises from God decades upon decades – and His reputation remains in tact because He’s a promise keeper.
I’ve been strengthened and I’m returning to help others.
I’m good with my Promise Keeper.