Practical Living through Biblical Principles

Is Your Word Your Bond?

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By Pastor Brenda Gray

Numbers 30:20 “If a man vows a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

I have often heard people say ‘my word is my bond.’ We say this because we want people to take us at our word. We may think that our words only carry weight if given under oath, but, should an oath be necessary to bind us to our word?

I want to ask you a question, ‘Is Your Word Your Bond?’ You probably feel that your word is your bond because you meet your commitments. But are there times that you do not follow through on all that you say you will do? Could it be that you are going about it the wrong way? When we say our word is our bond what we are doing is making promises. Let’s divide the term promises into three categories:

The first category is Overt commitments. An example of an overt commitment is: I will recalculate and correct the numbers on Barbara’s checking account next week.

The second category is Implied commitments. An example of an implied commitment is: I will be at the soccer meetings involving my team every Saturday.

The third category is Self-commitments. An example of a self-commitment is: I will put away $200 a month in my savings account.

When you do not follow through and make excuses for why you did not correct Barbara’s account, why you blew off the soccer meetings to only let someone else deal with it or take money from your savings for the second time in 6 months, ask yourself this question, ‘who loses?’ Not just people you may be letting down lose, but ultimately your whole sense of yourself and what your word is worth. None of us are perfect; we all have commitment lapses, intentional or not.

Could it be that you have not examined the promises that you make? Keeping a record of your promises could be an opportunity to examine how you make and keep commitments to the people you work with, live with, are friends with and your relatives.

In just one week you can change everything about the way you relate to other people and the way they relate to you. All it boils down to is practicing a very simple phrase, do what you say you will do, which is the same as saying my word is my bond.

I would like to Challenge you for 7 days to:

Write down every specific promise or commitment to yourself, family members, business associates, clients, or prospects and to write down every implied promise or commitment which includes statements you might casually make that others could interpret as a commitment or promise. At the end of every day, see how you did. If there are promises you made but did not keep, roll those over to the following day. At the end of the week, assess your performance; How many promises did you keep?

Reflect on what you learned about yourself, the way you communicate your word, and determine what you will change for next week and beyond. You might find that you tend to promise to do things just to get someone to stop asking. You might find that you agree to take tasks on the assumption that the person asking will forget or does not care if you do it or not. Maybe you will find that you are agreeing to do too many things even if you are able to follow through on every one of them.

Fortunately for us, God does not operate as we sometimes do. He always speaks and acts with complete integrity. He keeps his word and honors his commitments to the truth. And since that is how God operates, our desire should be to operate that way as well.

You may find that you may need to think things through before giving your word. Having the conscious awareness before committing to something will make a huge difference in your ability to follow through when you do. Your word is your bond, even when it is difficult or inconvenient. All our words are binding because everything we say, we say before God. God weighs every word we speak as if we spoke it to Him directly and God requires truthfulness. Simply put we should always be truthful, faithful, have integrity and keep your word for the glory of God. Amen!

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