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The Spiritual Means, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

39- The vows

  

St-Takla.org Image: An old woman praying, and Jesus blessing her صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: امرأة عجوز تصلي، ويسوع يباركها

St-Takla.org Image: An old woman praying, and Jesus blessing her

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: امرأة عجوز تصلي، ويسوع يباركها

The vows are different from the tithes and the firstlings. It is your promise before God, in case something good is being granted to you by God, or support in a specific manner or being saved from a hardship. One of the most beautiful and comprehensive sayings about the vows in the Bible is what is written in the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 5, as it includes:

Paying the vow without delay and without change...

It was said: When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed. It is better not to vow than to vow and not pay (Eccles 5:4,5). Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God..., nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands? (Eccles 5:2,6).

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When we talk about vows, we mean either a vow about money or a vow about life...

Do not rush and make a vow to God about something that later on you might not be able to carry out, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. For example, do not vow your virginity while in a state of spiritual excitement then realize that you are unable to live this life. Instead of the vow, offer your desire as a prayer. Say to Him: Lord, this is my hearts desire. If You see that it is good and possible for me, grant it and give me the strength to carry it out. Let it be according to Your will in my life.

Another point in Gods sharing in your possessions is:


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