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Topic: Promises (02/09/04)

TITLE: COMFORT TO A FOOL
By Angela Williams
02/11/04

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“A promise is comfort to a fool.” So went one of the popular sayings when I was growing up in the West Indies. You would usually hear it when a promise was broken, and it taught us to be wary of such assurances. Even now, I have retained a certain level of scepticism when it comes to people giving their word.
What then is a promise? As a noun, there are two meanings. On has to do with “the assurance that one will do something,” while the other speaks to “potential excellence.” Given our natural proclivity to fail, how should promises be viewed? Well, the Word of God, which is the final arbiter on matters spiritual and I dare say social, speaks very clearly to those who proclaim the name of Christ. Jesus himself addresses the issue in St. Matthew 5:37 when he says “but let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”
The scriptures are replete with God’s own promises. He who cannot deny Himself, is so faithful to His words that it reinforces our own belief and trust in Him. It also puts the onus on us to represent Him with honour.
Promises therefore, are not to be taken lightly by the Child of God. Jesus left an example that we should follow in his steps, making us literally “sermons in shoes.” Truth and integrity ought to be our watchwords. This will help us to make the transition from “potential excellence” to being the spotless bride that he expects to find on his return.


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L.M. Lee02/16/04
sermons in shoes - great line and would make a great title for a book!
Donna Anderson02/20/04
"It also puts the onus on us to represent Him with honor." What an awesome reminder of who WE are in Him!
Bonnie Baker02/20/04
Angela - the first time I ever saw that statement! Thanks - great take on promises. Easy to make - hard to keep. Thanks!