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BUT I SWEAR

Deuteronomy 23:23 “‘You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God, what you have promised.’”

KEEPING YOUR WORD

I bet you’ve never done that, right?  You have never said, “I swear…”  We have all said that.  But do we realize the gravity of that statement?  The Lord warns us of making such vows.  We have to be very careful of “swearing” to do something.  It can really come back to bite us if we are not careful.

Now, not all vows are bad.  Marriage vows are good.  Vows to uphold an office you are elected to are good.  The Pledge of Allegiance to our country is great.  Just make sure that your vow to uphold these is real and that you are willing to be held accountable to the vow.

TEACHING MOMENT

The next time little Johnny says, “But Dad/Mom, I swear I didn’t break that…” take the time to explain what he just said.  Pull out this verse.  Talk about what that means.  Make sure he understands that when we “swear” to something or make a vow, it means something.

One great way to do that is to model it for them.  Make a vow to them that you plan to keep and then keep it.  Show them by modeling good behavior.  When we break our promises to our children they learn that’s okay.  Promises always broken are promises that should have never been made.

Are you guilty of that?  Are you guilty of broken promises?  Who do you need to go to today and ask forgiveness for breaking a vow to them?  Maybe it’s your spouse.  Maybe it’s your child.  Whomever it is, make it right.  Your word matters.

Promise Keeper, remind me of the power of a vow.  Help me keep my word to all I have sworn to.  Help me be that person people know will keep his word.

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