What are the signs of carelessness? - Carelessness - TouchPoints

What are the signs of carelessness?

Matthew 7:26-27But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.

Leviticus 18:4, 30; 19:37You must obey all my regulations and be careful to keep my laws, for I, the Lord, am your God . . . So be careful to obey my laws, and do not practice any of these detestable activities. Do not defile yourselves by doing any of them, for I, the Lord, am your God . . . You must be careful to obey all of my laws and regulations, for I am the Lord.

Joshua 22:5But be very careful to obey all the commands and the law that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, be faithful to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.

Psalm 85:8I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying, for he speaks peace to his people, his faithful ones. But let them not return to their foolish ways.

Disobedience is a sign of carelessness in your relationship with God, such as hearing God’s Word and knowing what is right but doing wrong anyway, or simply choosing to go your own way. You should be careful to watch for the first sign of disobedience to God in your life.

Proverbs 22:13The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “If I go outside, I might meet a lion in the street and be killed!”

Proverbs 26:13The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “I can’t go outside because there might be a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”

Making excuses is a sign that you are being careless with your responsibilities. When you make excuses to get yourself off the hook, you become careless about doing the right thing.

Judges 11:31, 35“I will give to the Lord the first thing coming out of my house to greet me when I return in triumph. I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” . . . When he saw her, he tore his clothes in anguish. “My daughter!” he cried out. “My heart is breaking! What a tragedy that you came out to greet me. For I have made a vow to the Lord and cannot take it back.”

Genesis 25:32-34“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” So Jacob insisted, “Well then, swear to me right now that it is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his younger brother. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate and drank and went on about his business, indifferent to the fact that he had given up his birthright.

Matthew 14:6-9But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias’s daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him, so he promised with an oath to give her anything she wanted. At her mother’s urging, the girl asked, “I want the head of John the Baptist on a tray!” The king was sorry, but because of his oath and because he didn’t want to back down in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders.

Making rash promises or simply speaking without thinking is a sign that you are being careless with your speech. Think very carefully before making any promise. If you can’t keep it, don’t make it.