If you want to have deep, meaningful friendships and win the confidence of others you’re going to have to be a person who keeps their promises.
Can you think of a time when you promised to attend a party for a friend, gave your word to a family member to be somewhere or do something on a special day only to cancel at the last minute? I know I can.
We’ve come to the point in our culture where our yes really means unless I get a better offer or I just decided I don’t want to do it anymore. But this mindset is ruining our relationships.
Jesus had to deal with this same issue when he was talking to the Jewish leaders. He told them, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37 NLT) The problem with the Jewish leaders was the same problem we face today, they kept going back on their word.
When you go back on your word you’re showing those around you that you can’t be trusted and you begin to lose their confidence. If you’re going to have meaningful relationships in life you’re going to have to win the confidence of those around you.
How do you win the confidence of others? You can start by keeping your word.
Proverbs 25:13 says, “Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in a sweltering heat – refreshing” (MSG)!
I don’t know about you but I love a cold drink on a hot day and I love it when a friend keeps their word and does what they say they are going to do. It’s refreshing!
This is key to every great relationship in life. People need to be able to trust you.
If you become a person who keeps their word, even when it’s a sacrifice, you will begin to win the confidence of those around you and you will never be lacking in great friendships.
Live on purpose,