Definitions of principle: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning, a fundamental source or basis of something.
intention, intent, character, disposition, function, principle
Context: No matter whom you are or whether you know it or not, words carry weight. When your friend is hospitalized, you mentioned you will arrange to visit but end up did not turn up even after your friend has discharged. There was another who did not mentioned of visiting, yet he came and visit.
So what am I trying to say? I know you may be busy with things, so I wouldn't ask you to visit. Rather than telling me you will visit, I rather you speak words of encouragement etc. Don't say you be arranging and yet none came.
In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong.