“If you really believe something, it will affect your choices. What reflects your heart toward God is not whether you seek the truth, but your response to it. … do you take seriously the Word of God?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.” Hebrews 6:16
All society is bound together by the veracity of a person’s oath. If the sanctity of the oath is lost, the moral governance of the world is lost with it. Thus in a court of law those giving witness must take an oath that what they are about to say is true. Often you will deal with issues having to do with motives or intentions, and the only course of action available is to show your sincerity by swearing an oath.
For an oath to carry significance it must be backed with some form of accountability. Eternal accountability gives your oath its ultimate credibility. Thus Paul says, “Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul.”205 When his detractors in the Corinthian church called his motives and intentions into question, his oath was all he had. When you call God as a witness against your soul, you are indeed making a solemn pronouncement, for you are swearing in God’s name as though you were speaking directly to Him: “God, let me carry the blame if what I say is not wholly the truth.”
When you violate your oath, you violate the essence of who you are. You cease being a person that can be trusted, losing an essential part of yourself never to be regained, much like spilling water on dry sand. Then when you face Jesus, you must answer to Him why you violated your promise.
205 II Corinthians 1:23
2 Kings 17-18 John 3:19-36 (New King James Version)
2 Kings 17-18
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