When You Make A Promise


Is it right to make use of an oath? Does God accept/ encourage the use of an oath when making a promise?

It has been a common practice especially among the teens and youths that when someone makes a promise, they back it up with an oath. They see the oath like a sign of endorsement to whatever is being promised, but does making use of an oath please God?

Here is what the word of God says in James 5:12 (GNT)Above all, my friends, do not use an oath when you make a promise. Do not swear by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Say only “Yes” when you mean yes, and “No” when you mean no, and then you will not come under God’s judgment.

This verse shows us that making use of an oath when we make a promise, no matter what we swear by, will bring us under Gods judgment, but to avoid this, we should always mean No when we say No and Yes when we say Yes ‘cos only by these will others learn to believe us and won’t influence or require us to make use of an oath when making a promise for they would have come to the realization that we mean what we say and say what we mean.

PRAYER: Lord, wipe my record clean and forgive me for all the oaths I might have used in the past while making a promise. I receive the grace never to make use of an oath again when making a promise, the grace to always understand the value and price of my decision before making it and the grace to always stand by my words in Jesus name.