|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
Our Bible verse for today: “I will not violate my covenant or change what my lips have said.” Psalm 89:34 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Do you keep your promises?”
One of the marks of a godly man or woman of strong character and impeccable integrity is that they keep their promises. If they make a commitment, they fulfill it.
I’ve had the good fortune over the years to be associated with many godly men and women whose character and integrity were such that they could always be counted on to keep their promises and fulfill their commitments. Their examples have inspired me to want to be like that too.
I remember one man in a church I was the pastor of in California many years ago. Our church was located on the busiest corner in town and every Christmas we had a live nativity scene, complete with a full-sized manger, live actors, and real animals. However, the manger was so old that it was falling apart. So this man, who was a good carpenter, offered to build us a new one.
Unfortunately, just before the project was to begin, he became ill and was supposed to be on bedrest. But he just couldn’t let that stop him. He had committed to building us a new manger, Christmastime was fast approaching, and he was determined to fulfill that commitment. So, he got himself out of bed, came to the church, and although he couldn’t do very much of the actual work, he was there to supervise the rest of us and we did construct a very nice new manger.
Likewise, I have a current friend who is absolutely compulsive about keeping his promises. If he says he is going to be somewhere, he is there. If he promised to do something, he does it – regardless of circumstances. And on those rare occasions when something happens and he has to delay or cancel and therefore isn’t able to do what he promised – it kills him. He agonizes over it.
Men and women of character and integrity keep their promises and fulfill their commitments. Let’s all take a moment to thank the Lord for those like that who He has put into our lives, because they are a blessing.
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