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Friday, August 7, 2015

On Breaking Promises - The Bottom Line

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40).

We should control our anger when a friend stands us up for a promised luncheon. Our friend's first duty is to God, not to us.  We are not to judge the significance of a preemptive mission. It need not look important in our eyes to be of singular importance in God's eyes. What person has not failed to keep a promise to himself because of a more important preemptive mission. One must allow unto others what he allows himself. God commitments come first; human commitments are of secondary importance.  With the bark off, that's the bottom line. Maintaining humility and goodwill are the keys to happiness.

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