Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 19, 2015

I changed my mind

Some people are in the habit of ‘changing their mind’.  That’s ok as long as it doesn’t break a promise.  Some of them will counter that they did not promise anything, they just said something.  But if the other person agrees, they have indeed promised.  If a person says, “We can go tomorrow to pick out your birthday present,” and then tomorrow says, “I’m too tired,” it will certainly hurt the other person’s feelings, unless they agree that they also don’t want to go.

The most galling aspect is people who routinely break promises but expect others to keep theirs.  The golden rule applies: treat others as you would be treated.  Those who do not keep promises are arrogant and selfish.  Jesus himself said, “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”. Matthew 5:37

He could’ve said, “Let your 5 o’clock be 5 o’clock.”  I’ve heard people say that Jesus’ statement doesn’t apply to being on time!  Such is the attitude of Pharisees: always splitting hairs in arguments.

The key is always seeing if harm is done to a relationship or a person.

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