“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.'” — Matthew: 5:37
“By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” — Matthew 12:37
Christian Bible Lesson Overview
Your words affect your life and the lives of other people. If you are not sure what to say, be kind and considerate. Before you commit to a promise, think about all the challenges required to fulfill that promise. If you do not feel confident that you will completely satisfy the promise, do not misrepresent a commitment. If you think about the pledge and are unsure what to say, be kind and thoughtful to the other person. Do not make a commitment that you know you may not meet. Let the other person understand your sincerity and desire to fulfill the promise, but voice your concern about details.
If you plan to complete a promise but know about challenges that may prevent the desired outcome, being truthful means you will express those challenges. You mustn’t withhold details that might help the other person prepare for a situation.
Christian Bible Lesson for Today
I promised my best friend that I would always help him with his mathematics before a significant test in high school. I made that promise without taking the time to think about the commitment I was making.
First, how did I know that I would be available just before my friend was taking a mathematics test? I had many commitments at that time, such as football practice, debating team sessions, and family obligations. Second, what if I was not able to solve a specific problem in his lesson? Third, I was not in his class; what if I made a mistake trying to help him?
In this case, I failed to meet my promise in all three examples listed above. First, I was away on a trip to visit my grandparents the night before my friend had a mathematics exam. Second, when I met with him, I could not solve a few of the problems. Third, I tried to help him with the mathematics examples I did not know how to solve.
I was able to maintain my friendship, but my friend suffered because he depended on me. If I had thought about his request thoroughly and not made a promise to help him with all his mathematics challenges, he would have worked harder to find other resources.
Christian Bible Lesson Summary
It is essential to think about promises thoroughly before committing to another person or other people. Somethings it requires courage and additional work to let another person know you are not sure you can complete a commitment. Take the time to think about promises before you commit to them.