Keeping your word is important. How do you expect to build credibility if you don’t do what you say you’re going to do?
We hear about broken promises every day. It’s disheartening, disappointing, frustrating, infuriating, and you are left with many unanswered questions. For example, you question whether or not you are worthy of someone’s attention, does your parent love you or are you good enough for that job, among others.
It is only natural to go through various emotions. Understandably, you will be angry, sad, and question what you did wrong. Some people decide to “get even” and others shrug it off like it doesn’t matter. The way you feel does matter and you should address this disappointment.
However, aim to address your disappointment in a healthy manner. What good is it to keep it bottled up inside? Seek revenge? Have anger toward someone? Take this as a learning opportunity and move on.
How should we handle a broken promise?
It is okay to be angry, but as Ephesians 4:26 states, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Don’t condemn yourself because someone hurt you. Pray that you will be able to forgive the person who hurt you. Forgive and forget.
I know, you are saying, ” I will forgive but I will never forget what that person did to me.” I thought that way for a long time, but when you ask God for forgiveness and receive it (1 John 1:9 ), He no longer remembers our sins. Why can’t we do the same?
Treat that person as if nothing ever happened. Remember, John 13:34-35 commands us to “..love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” It’s not easy, but forgiveness helps you heal and move forward. Trust me! I have been there many times.
Some individuals allow anger to control them and they seek revenge. In Leviticus 19:18, we are instructed not to seek revenge: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.“ God will take care of your situation. (Psalm 37:17; Phillipians 4:19) Perhaps, not right away and not how we imagined, but be comforted that He will take care of you.
Others decide to bad-mouth the person or an organization. Let it be. God will take care of you and the situation. He is God. Gossip will only add fuel to the fire. (Proverbs 25:3) Let it go.
What does the Bible say about keeping your word?
“But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Matthew 5:37
James 5:12 says, “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
In biblical times, all you had was your word.Sadly, not many people honor verbal commitments anymore. We have pre-nups and contracts. There is no trust.
But not all is lost; let change begin with you. You can make the difference.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” -Ghandi
God bless you and yours,