1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 2 you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. 3 So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands: Go—to the point of exhaustion—and give your neighbor no rest! 4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. 5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Debt is a trap. When you owe, you are in bondage to the one to whom you owe something. As Christians, we are to live free from the bondage of this world. There is freedom when we live within our means. As we rely on God for our daily needs, we learn to depend on His faithfulness.

When we make promises, we are to keep them. Our word is to be sure. Integrity has been devalued in this day and age. At one time all it took was a word and a handshake to seal a deal. Now there is fine print and page after page of signatures. Wouldn’t it be great if we could make a change in this world by being people of integrity.

How have the words of your mouth trapped you? Have you been brought under rule of another by something you said? What did it feel like to know that you were trapped? Now, recall a time when you were freed from being in bondage to another. What did that moment of freedom feel like? What means did you employ to gain your freedom? Was it something you did or was it grace and mercy of another?

Which way would you rather live your life? In bondage or free? “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jn. 8:32. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Jn. 8:36.