Ten Ways to Love
10. Promise without forgetting. (Proverbs 13:12)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
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One thing I truly love about classic children’s books is the morals they teach. When I saw Day Ten’s title, Promise without forgetting, it made me think of Winnie the Pooh. We have always loved those stories here, and many seem to have that theme in mind. Mr. Milne must have truly embraced the importance of children learning how important it is to keep their promises as he wrote.
Children equate action with love. They are learning who loves them and who does not– Whom to trust and who to be wary of in their lives. A promise kept communicates love to them. We all have had to break promises here and there due to circumstances beyond our control, and we have all had a promise broken that was made to us. I know I have been on the giving and receiving ends, regrettably, in my lifetime. It is an awful feeling either way, especially when you see the look in your child’s eyes ~ hope deferred making their heart sick. A promise kept breathes life into them. In all honesty, I think this is one of the reasons why the Bible warns against swearing oaths ~ God knows the effect a broken oath has on a heart and relationships.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”
I learned pretty quickly in my child-rearing days not to make promises because a broken one truly rips at their tender hearts. And so it is with all of us grown-ups, too. How often do we see marriages fail, friendships torn apart, or businesses dissolve over broken promises?
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
God cannot break His promises, and the Bible is filled with the promises of the Lord. Through the ancient prophets we read of the promise of the coming Messiah, and through the words of Jesus and the New Testament, we have the promise of His return. Since we are trying to love others, and ultimate love is drawing those God puts in our lives to the saving blood of Jesus Christ, we would be wise to pay attention to the promises we make and how important it is to keep those promises. Children learn about the love of the Lord through their parents and those in authority over them-promises kept communicates love. The unsaved are watching how we love them as believers and as a witness to His faithfulness-again, promises kept communicates love.
In summing up the ten days, keeping promises included, I would say that, if we want to truly love others, we need to be looking at Jesus and the life He lived here on earth. He is the embodiment of love and how to love. Embracing the heart of God that lies between the pages of the Bible and within our hearts is where to begin each day to truly love those around you. We cannot hope to achieve any of the last ten days if we are not “in Him”. In our own strength, we shall fail those we are trying to love. He has not left it a mystery or something too hard to achieve, though, and He will walk with each of us every step of the way. Praise God for His faithfulness and His keeping His promises to us.
On a personal note, I want to thank each of you for coming on this journey with me. Writing this series has changed my life in so many ways. I loved learning what God is doing in my life and heart by digging deeper into the heart of love. Each of your comments have helped me grow closer to God and to you. I am blessed at the love shown here. I am also blessed that so many of you commented that God was showing you ways to love deeper and better through what He was revealing. I wish that I could express better in words what your friendships mean to me ~ how they have changed my life. Please know that I love each one of you, and I am so grateful for you.
I will be leaving on vacation in the morning. We are heading to Disney World. I am so excited to become a kid again and to kick back and enjoy the faces of my little ones as they get lost in the fun of it all. ((Not to excited about the roller coasters, but that is a whole other devotion on fear!! To be continued…..)) Lord willing, I will return the week of March 17th. I hope to be able to pop in and out on blogs here and there, but I make no promises (see–trying to practice what I preach). Please feel free to still contact me for prayer because I would never take a vacation from that–also, it blesses my heart when I have someone for which to pray. Also, if you post any special blog that you would like me to not miss, please email me the link!! You will all be missed very much.
On that note, I leave you with this quote (which seems rather odd to ask of you after this post) <wink, wink>……….
“Promise me you’ll never forget me
because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.”
~ Winnie the Pooh
Much love sent to you all…..
ღ Skye ღ
View Other Days:
Day 1: Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18)
Day 2: Speak without accusing (James 1:19)
Day 3: Give without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)
Day 4: Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)
Day 5: Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)
Day 6: Share without pretending (Ephesians 4:15)
Day 7: Enjoy without complaint (Philippians 2:14)
Day 8: Trust without wavering (1 Corinthians 13:7)
Day 9: Forgive without punishing (Colossians 3:13)
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