I am compulsively making vows in my mind. Do I have to keep them?

Question: Hi, I have been going through a time of struggles dealing with so many vows: some intentional and others intrusive or unintentional. I am sure this is greatly related to OCD, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. For example, one time I was praying and an intrusive thought came in my head, “I’m…

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I repented of a foolish vow and broke it anyway. So what do I do?

Question: Hello, I am having real trouble with something at the moment, I fear that I have made a vow/oath to God that I really don’t want to keep. The vow does not contain anything sinful, I fear I said “I would give up my hobby.” The hobby is not sinful and I really like…

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Are promises only binding when spoken aloud?

Question: I used to let my mouth get the best of me. I have learned to watch what I say very closely. The problem I have is this: because I’m trying to be so careful with what I say, I constantly think about whether I promise or vow something. My mind runs away from me…

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When are promises binding?

Question: Does it work like this? When we make a promise we are bound to do what we promised. The moment we confess and are sorry for making any promise we had made that very moment the binding is removed and has no more hold over us ever again after that ever again. It will…

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Is a person to keep a sinful promise?

Question: I want to know if someone made a sinful promise to God, what happens then? Is the person to keep that promise still? Are we to keep our promises no matter what? Answer: “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he…

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I broke my promises to my boyfriend. Will God punish me?

Question: I am a girl in my mid-twenties. I had a boyfriend for about five years. I was deeply in love with him. We almost regarded each other as husband and wife. We saw our future together. I cared for him a lot and he always supported me at all times. He took the best…

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Do I have to keep a foolish promise that I made?

Question: I want to talk about something that has troubled me for a couple of years. My hobby was to make websites, and I had a couple online. One night, I felt compelled by something to utter a promise to Jesus. A promise to remove my web sites. Feeling compelled by this (thought or whatever…

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