President Lincoln was not only known as "Honest Abe"; he was also known as one who loved the truth.
One day he was visited by a gentleman who was in the habit of making promises without keeping them. He coaxed one of the Lincoln boys to sit on his lap by promising to give him the charm he wore on his watch-chain. The child climbed into his lap.
Finally the gentleman arose to go, when Mr. Lincoln said to him, "Are you going to keep your promise to my boy?"
"What promise?" said the visitor.
"You said you would give him that charm."
"Oh, I could not," said the visitor. "It is not only valuable, but I prize it as an heirloom."
"Give it to him!" said Mr. Lincoln sternly. "I would not want him to know I entertained one who had no regard for his word."
The gentleman undid the charm and handed it to the boy, and went away with a lesson which he was not likely soon to forget.
- Mabel Reynolds Makepeace. (moreillustrations.com)
“Now my time has come to die. Every one of you knows in his heart and soul that the Lord your God has given you all the good things that he promised. Every promise he made has been kept; not one has failed.” – Joshua (Josh 23:14).
“The future is as bright as the promises of God.” – William Carey.