Good morning God,
What an awesome and amazing day it is. We thank you this day and the love you poured on us this morning by waking us up. What a loving God you are. God, we thank you for your devotion to use and give is your promises everyday. We thank you for providing your word as a wonderful opportunity to get to know you better and learn of those promises everyday. God, we thank you that you are a God that keeps His Word and your promises to us are yes and amen. We thank you for your protection and provision each day. We thank you for your love. In your Son, Jesus Name we pray, amen
Today, I will practice keeping my word to others and myself.
“A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.”
Proverbs 25:14 NLT
The resource...The Word!
Bible Reading: Romans 13:6-7
Give to everyone what you owe them. Romans 13:7
CHECK any of the statements that sound like something you’ve said:
_____ “Hey, can I borrow a buck? I’ll pay you back tomorrow.”
_____ “Thanks for the favor. I owe you one.”
_____ “If you help me clean my room, I’ll help you next week.”
_____ “Sure, Dad, I’ll pay you back $10 every month until it’s paid off.”
_____ “I’m going to miss you when you move away. But I’ll write every week.”
_____ “Mom, I’ll clean up the kitchen as soon as this program is over.”
When you make a promise, it’s like using a credit card. It’s painless to plop a credit card on the counter, scribble your name, and walk away with something you want. No money leaves your pocket, and you take home something of value-like a new CD, for example. But in a few weeks, a statement shows up from the credit card company, and it’s time to pay up. At that point, you might wish you had never whipped out the plastic. And if you don’t pay your bill on time, that $15 for the CD grows to $17, $20, $24, or more as interest racks up.
One secret to getting along well in this world is to pay people what you owe them. Paying your financial debts is important. But so is taking care of other commitments you make to friends, siblings, parents, or strangers. Some promises are easy to make-and even easier to regret you ever made. But here’s the big question: Do you pay what you owe, or just blow off your promises?
Here’s a great thing: Jesus always keeps his commitments to you. He promised, “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10: 10), and hasn’t he filled your life with good things? He said, “I … have come to seek and save those … who are lost” (Luke 19:10), and that’s exactly what he did when he died on the cross. He promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), and haven’t you sensed he’s really there for you? And your biggest hope in life is seeing him show up to fulfill this promise: “I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:3).
So when God says to pay what you owe by making good on your promises, he’s asking you to do something he’s already done. And is still doing. And will always do.
REFLECT: Why bother to keep your commitments? What does it have to do with following Jesus?
PRAY: Jesus, help me be faithful in keeping the promises I make?
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