The Bible instructs those that make a vow or oath to the Lord, to ensure they undertake it quickly – until it is honoured they are guilty of not fulfilling it
(Num 30:2; Deut 23:21-23; Ps 65:1; Eccl 5:4-6).

Keeping our word should be taken seriously (Josh 9:3-21). We are often snared or trapped by the words of our mouth, so be careful of all you say, especially any promises made to God (Prov 6:2; Eccl 5:2; Jas 3:2-12). The wedding vows or pledge is the promise made between bride and groom,

Am I trustworthy, honouring my word, doing what I have said I will do?

witnessed by God and the guests present. Increasingly this commitment is broken through divorce, hence the responsibility that marriage should not be entered into without due consideration.

God makes some promises to us that are conditional – that if we fulfill our part, He will do His. He always keeps His word – do we? (Num 23:19; 1 Sam 15:29; Tit 1:2).

See also: commitment, fulfilment, promises, vow, words.