Sometimes in the swell of our emotions, we make promises we don’t mean. On one occasion, two individuals approached Jesus and declared they would follow Him wherever He went.
But Jesus’ response to them indicated that their hearts were more devoted to comfort and to family than to Him (Matt. 8:19-22). It happened in Jesus’ day, and it happens in ours.
We’ve all done it. Sometimes we’ll express our spiritual desires in terms that really boil down to boasts:
- I’ll have my quiet time every morning for the rest of my life.
- I’m willing to follow God wherever He leads me.
- I will love people more and need them less.
Overwhelmed by the moment, we’ll express our feelings in terms of commitments we’d like to do. But often, we come to regret our words.
The problem is we’re regretting the wrong thing.
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