Traces of the Gospel pt. 7

When In Rome’s “The Promise” is signature 80s catchy synth-pop. Sure many people know the lyrics:

I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you’ll wait around awhile, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise I promise you I will

Listening to this song reminds me that God has many promises.

Once, at a truck stop, I found a pamphlet called Promises of God. Each chapter focused on a topic like “loneliness” or “joy” then gave a promise from God in Scripture. I used to love this book; I found the promises came in handy when I needed reassurance.

Specifically, Thursday 14th May 2020, 5th Week in the Easter Season, Jesus tells the disciples, “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love.”

For me, this promise makes my faith have action. It’s not a one-time event but a daily commitment of loving God and loving neighbor. Instead of memorizing the precepts of the Decalogue (10 Commandments), just following these two encompasses the whole of the Law.

The good thing about God’s promises is that they’re incapable of defaulting. Thankfully, as his children, we have innumerable guarantees of His goodness.

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