Words, after all, are just words. All of us have been promised something by a friend, family member or spouse and been bitterly disappointed. Likewise, we have forgotten or neglected promises we made to others, and though we meant the words when we spoke them, something or someone else got in the way of our keeping our promise.Jesus is hard in this regard. Words freely given must be more than something we casually offer to others and then promptly ignore.
Unfortunately, the leaders of the Jews and his own disciples were guilty of this fault, and while Jesus promises everyone a second chance, we need to take his offer of reconciliation and live it, and this is sometimes very difficult. We have only to remember the awful response of Jesus' friends when he asks them to pray for him in the hour of his suffering. Not only do they fall asleep in the garden of Gethsemane, they are nowhere to be found as he hangs on a cross for their sake and ours.
Today, take a moment to review the promises you have made and ask for the courage to renew them in faith.
What was it like for you to be discarded by good friend or spouse?