Dive in for Aug. 20: Remember promises and keep them

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The vows exchanged during the marriage ceremony are sacred. The vows made after the ceremony are equally important. Good intentions never substitute for following through. A promise broken is a memory made just as one that is kept. We should not promise what we cannot perform. A spouse who does his or her best to keep their word is a person of character.

Keeping your promises develops strength in a marriage. This strength, like a fortified castle, will withstand the attacks from all the enemies which seek to surround a marriage and tear it down.

The husband or wife who can be counted on to keep their word is a spouse who can be counted on to defend and protect the marriage at all cost. I know there are unforeseen circumstances which can occur, but when these become the norm rather than the exception, then promises become fabrications which can unravel the marriage.

Promises delayed need not be denied. As soon as possible fulfill the purpose for which the promise was made. This will restore the bonds of trust and respect. A promise, like truth, is a standard by which all things are judged. It is the foundation of a solid marriage, the measurement of character, the pattern of faithfulness, the banner of loyalty, and the rule of honesty.

Spouses who keep their promises are likely to have children who will do the same.     

After reading together Num. 30:2 and Rom. 4:21, share with your spouse the value of keeping your word. When was the last time you failed to keep a promise?  Have you asked forgiveness and have you made provisions to redeem the promise?

This series of devotions relating to marriage are taken from “44 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage” by evangelist and pastor Jerry Drace.

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