Jessica and her husband returned the RSVP the day after they received it… clearly marking “Yes” that they would be attending the wedding of a friend. Unfortunately, something came up on the day of the ceremony and the two were unable to honor that commitment. What they got in the mail the next week was astonishing.
It was a bill for $75.90. Sent by the bride and groom to cover the cost of the food that Jessica and her husband didn’t eat (as well as a service charge and tax). The bill said that the newly married couple would have liked a call stating that Jessica wasn’t coming… and that a reimbursement was appropriate.
Can you imagine? Being charged for not honoring a commitment? Being responsible for something we said we’d do but didn’t?
Can you imagine if God held us accountable for breaking promises?
James 5:12 “But most of all, my brothers and sisters, never take an oath, by heaven or earth or anything else. Just say a simple yes or no, so that you will not sin and be condemned.” This scripture tells us that God holds us to our commitments… and when we don’t honor them, there’s a price to pay. When we promise and break it… we sin. And there are consequences for that. Before saying yes or no to something… be sure that it’s something that you intend to honor. It’s better to disappoint someone in the short run than God in the long run.