The Big Idea: I’d like to have a discussion on what you think the difference is between a commitment, a promise and a covenant.
My Thoughts: As I prepare for this message I have been pondering the difference between a promise, a commitment and a covenant. Do they vary in degree or are the virtually the same, just synonyms? Does one involve a ceremony, and the others just a handshake or a spoken word?
I’d like to have a discussion on this. What do you think is the difference between a commitment, a promise and a covenant?
And does it matter that we distinguish between the three words?
I truly value your input.
Main Text: — Nehemiah 9:38— 38 “In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement, putting it in writing, and our leaders, our Levites and our priests are affixing their seals to it.” [NIV84]
Additional Scriptures to Renew Your Thoughts
When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, “My vow was a mistake.” Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. — Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 (NIV84)
Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. —Matthew 5:37 (NIV84)
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” — Luke 9:62 (NIV84)
Lord Jesus Christ, enlighten me as to the difference between a promise, a commitment and a covenant. In Your Name, Amen.