Keep the Promises
Pastor Cliff Cameron
Keep the Promises You Make – October 10, 2011
“Keep the promises you make”. I don’t place a lot of stock in fortune cookies, but every once in a while I find one with good advice. This one was handed to me by a friend. I am quite certain it was not made with the anticipation that I, personally, would receive it. When I opened it, I must admit, I was a bit more interested in the taste of the crunchy sweet goodness it promised than any words of wisdom it might contain. But, the little note tucked inside caught my attention
One of the most important parts of keeping your promises is not the what you thought you conveyed, but the expectation you created. When I say, “I’ll be right there”, what I may mean by “right there” may not be what is understood by “right there”. Communication 101.
We can only guard the expectations we allow ourselves to formulate. Our expectations may lead us to believe a promise is not kept when in reality; our understanding was simply in error. The Apostle Peter addressed this in his second letter. 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness…” The Apostle Peter is addressing the promise of the Lord’s return. He will return to be sure, but in His patience we must trust. His promise to return was clear, the timing of His return was not.
How then shall we live? When we get together with friends, we make preparations. Where will we go? What will we do? Most importantly, what will we eat? Preparations may include preparing our home, the clothes we wear and even the freshness of our breath. The Apostle Peter admonishes us to take seriously the soon arrival of our Lord Jesus, to keep a proper perspective of this world and to live a life which exemplifies the character of Christ.
How will His soon return affect your decision making today? Today is a gift of His patience, giving opportunity for everyone to come to repentance. The choice is yours, make it count for eternity!
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