|John 8:36 says: “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” “This is the freedom known by Paul and the only true freedom possible for anyone.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven, and you upon earth; therefore let your words be few. When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it; for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.” Ecclesiastes 5:3, 4, 5
Solomon talks about the folly of empty words. You are better served being a listener rather than a speaker. He warns, “be not rash with your mouth.” Reaction produces rashness. Your supervisor asks you why you have not performed according to company expectation. Not knowing what to say, you say the wrong thing and end up promising what you do not intend to fulfill. A rash commitment can be troublesome in any circumstance, but especially in your relationship with God. God is not quick in calling people “fools,” but the person who vows something to God and does not fulfill the vow; God calls him a fool.
When you vow and do not pay you do damage to your character. Guard against allowing promises to become a way of shirking responsibility or placating a tension or struggle with someone else. When you came to Christ, He asked only that you surrender, not that you make Him any promise. When you rashly promise something, it is you, rather than Christ in you, speaking. When you refrain from hasty speech you reverence Christ. Listen rather than speak, and when you do speak, make your promises few.
Psalm 132-134 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
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