Importance of Promises
For if those who live by law are heirs, faith has no value and the promise is worthless.
I've worked extensively with married couples, and that's allowed me to hear the best and the worst of what goes on in relationships. I've seen couples overcome affairs, financial catastrophes, and debilitating diseases. At the same time, I've watched people walk away from their spouses and families for some pretty lame reasons like:
- "I am no longer happy."
- "He works too hard and is never home."
- "She's too busy in the neighborhood to care about my needs" …and
- "There's not much of an attraction"
These are yellow flags that you need help. . . not reasons for calling it quits. The commitment to keep promises creates a safe environment where families and friendships flourish. Taking promises too casually creates disillusionment and fear. The people in your life want to know and need to know that you'll keep your promises. More than money, more than advice, more than gifts, they simply want you to be faithful.
"Promises are like crying babies in a theater; they should be carried out at once."
- Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.