What Is Our Word Worth?

Friday, October 16, 2020
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I recently upgraded my vehicle from a 2014 Terrain to a 2017 Terrain. I now had to sell my 2014 vehicle. I mentioned it to my neighbour, and right away, she said that she was interested. Thinking that it needed only brakes, I committed to a price, and said that I would get a safety check and have it certified.

A call from the garage, however, informed me that it needed a few more things that would cost $1,500 plus safety check, plus tax. I gave them the go-ahead to fix everything that was needed.

The next day, however, the vehicle would not start. Only a GMC service provider with the correct passcode had the right to get it started. Now, it required a tow truck to take it to the dealership. The diagnosis was $499, the rear differential clutch module was $599, and the labour to replace the clutch module and set up the programmed module was $625. Wow! Now, my bill was $3,519.88.

Some people advised me that I was selling the car too cheaply, and that because of the high cost of repairs, I should charge more for the vehicle. They said, "Just explain what it cost you for repairs."

I believe that God has a way of educating us through real-life experiences. What I learned from this occurrence is that when I upgrade a vehicle and want to sell the old one, I should get a safety check done before I commit to a selling price.

I had made a commitment through my spoken words. I agreed to a price and said that it would be certified roadworthy. My word means more to me than trying to make excuses about why I should charge more for the vehicle.

I believe that Christians need to act like God, for "the word of our God stands forever" (Isaiah 40:8b NKJV) and "the entirety of Your word is truth" (Psalm 119:160 NKJV) The Bible is God's Word. His instructions never change, and His promises are never broken. Have faith in His Word and obey it. Treasure the Lord's Word, "for the word of God will never fail." (Luke 1:37 NLT)

How many times have we made promises to our children and had to break them? Before we make any promise, we need to consider carefully the consequences of not living up to our word.

People judge us — and our Christian faith — based on the truth of our word. The words that we speak are indications of our character. Can we be depended upon to do as we say?

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, remind us always to live by our word. Give us the wisdom to think it through before making a promise, and give us the strength to carry through. Thank You that Your inspired words in the Bible can guide us to a better life. May we listen carefully to Your instructions and teachings and be guided by Your Word. May we keep Your Word close to our hearts. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Larry Fisher <larryfisher17@gmail.com>
Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good morning Larry.
    Very good words indeed.

    So true! Good for you but a tough lesson.

    Thank you, Larry, for sharing this instructive devotional with us today. Blessings.

    Thank you, Larry for this good example of how Christians should respond to a difficult situation.

    Hi Larry,
    Another good devotional. It makes me squirm, because after committing to play piano for an event, my Dad passed, and I couldn’t bring myself to follow through. (Hanging my head….)

    Good morning Larry,
    What a wonderful example of keeping your Word and stopping to reflect and think before we speak. Thank you for sharing God’s Word and the example we set as Christians in this world. May you have many blessings.

    Thanks for the message this morning.
    Reminds me of my dear parents who are Promoted to Glory.
    There was a farm for sale near our original home.
    My parents at that time didn’t have enough for a down payment.
    A Jewish couple who were friends heard of my parents’ dilemma.
    They offered to pay the difference. Dad wanted to go with them to the bank to write up the agreement. The reply was that a handshake was all they wanted because they knew my parents were true to their word. They were.
    Were it so now! Hear so much about litigation!

    Very thought provoking.
    Thank you.

    Hi Larry,
    I really enjoyed reading your devotional this morning. Thank you for sharing your life experience of seeking God first and committing to His Word and showing the love of Jesus to others by going through with what you committed to. In my experience, God will give you back what you spend on repairs and He will honor that you also kept your neighbor’s safety a priority.

    Wow, Larry, that must have been really hard and expensive ‘word’ to keep! Good for you! God bless you! I don’t think too many people would have kept the original price.

    Dear Larry Fisher,
    Thank you for keeping your word and telling us of this incident.
    I pray that God will keep you honest in all things and keep you as an example of his truth-tellers.
    God is Truth and we are His.

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