Words from the Heart for Friday June 17th, 2016
It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.
Ecclesiastes 5:5-6 (NIV)
Keeping a Vow
Promises are easy to make, but they are not always easy to keep. Have you made promises to someone that you have yet to fulfill? Are there commitments you have made that you need to complete?
The process to becoming a Canadian citizen can be arduous, with the final step being the citizenship ceremony. Included in the ceremony is the swearing of the oath. The oath is a statement recited and signed by those who apply to become citizens of Canada. Administered at a ceremony presided over by a designated official, the oath is a promise or declaration of fealty to the Canadian monarch and a promise to abide by Canada’s laws and uphold the duties of a Canadian citizen. The oath has a long history, its roots lying in the oath of allegiance taken in the United Kingdom, the modern form of which was implemented in 1689 by King William II and III and Queen Mary II. With the enactment of the Citizenship Act in 1947, the Canadian Oath of Citizenship was established.
The life of the follower of Jesus ought to be marked with integrity. When we make a promise, we should keep it. The Bible is very clear that if we are not prepared to keep a promise, to fulfill a vow, we should not make it. It even says that failing to keep a vow is sin. Ecclesiastes 5:5-6 says this: “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin.” Most of us don’t make many vows over our lifetime, but there are two that married followers of Jesus make. One is when we give our lives to Him by faith and invite Him to remove our sin and become our savior. When we do, we are called to make a pledge, a vow, to follow Him and love Him. The second most important vow married followers of Jesus make is a marriage vow. A Christian couple vows, with God’s help, to keep themselves for their spouse alone. Last month, Wendy and I celebrated 40 years of marriage – a vow kept for 4 decades. The Lord gives us the grace and strength – and love – to keep the vows we make when we are serious about doing so. Have you made a vow that you are finding difficult to keep? Ask the Lord to keep you from sin by empowering you to keep that vow. He will provide all you need.
These have been words from the heart.