The Third Commandment

In a world of sin where little is holy, God’s name is holy.

Too often I do not think before I speak — or text.

Too often I’ve been swept up in our cultural current and will exclaim, “Oh my God!”or “OMG!” What a blunder.

In a world of sin where little is holy, God’s name is holy.

God’s name should never be used without reverence and deliberate purpose in accordance with God’s will.

When I reference God’s name indiscriminately or as a form of exclamation or swearing, I sin and offend Him. I open the door to evil — and I do harm.

For God commanded, “You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do.” (Exodus 20:7) ¬†Another version of the Bible states this third commandment as follows: “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.”

My heart tells me that God’s commandment is meant to include all names used to refer to our Heavenly Father, including “Jehovah,” “God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” and “Christ.” Some religious scholars have also concluded it is meant to encompass not only God’s name, but any action claimed to be taken in God’s name or on His behalf.

Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned against You and I beg forgiveness for having taken Your holy name in vain. Give me the wisdom to think before I speak and to remember that my words are governed by Your commands, in addition to my actions and inaction. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen


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