Don’t Misuse God’s Name

The third commandment of God’s Big Ten is, “Do not misuse God’s name. Yet, I hear people say, “Oh my god!” even though they are not thinking about God at all. The TV show OMG uses the acronym that means the same. Other times people say “Jesus” or “Jesus Christ” when they are not praying to or talking about our Lord. Such careless use of God’s name grieves Him. It is down right disrespectful to our God.

God loves us and calls us by our names. He wouldn’t think of calling us by any other name. If he did, we probably wouldn’t answer. Have you heard Him call your name? I have and it makes me feel loved. It makes me feel special. We should respond to God’s call by returning the favor–by saying His name with reverence.

If people must curse, why can’t they use their own names? I think God would prefer if we said, “Bob Jones!” or any other name besides His in curses. Let’s keep God’s name holy.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to use your name with love and care. We pray for the people who think nothing of using your name so carelessly. Teach them your ways, Oh Lord. Show them your paths.” Amen.

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