Taking the LORD’s name in vain

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We hear it everywhere… Movies, music, on the street, sometimes even at home. And no one seems to care.

What does it mean, anyway?
Taking the LORD’s name in vain is to speak of God with irreverence or disrespect. I personally understand the exclamation “Oh my G#d!” to be sinful, because it has nothing to do with a proper, reverent use of God’s name.

We could all use the reminder that our words carry meaning. As people who follow Christ, we care deeply about helping others and honoring God. We have to ask ourselves, “Do these words help others and honor God?” If we are honest, we will probably admit that words such as gosh do not. It may not be easy to change a long-standing habit, but we must seek to speak words that build up one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and honor the LORD.

“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.”  ~ Exodus 20:7

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