The Third Commandment tells us not to take the Lord’s name in vain.
People can dishonor God by their actions—doing something in the name of God with wrong motives. But I believe this commandment is speaking specifically to the way we use God’s name. We are not to use the word God, Jesus, Christ or Lord without thinking— in a careless or irreverent way.
We frequently hear people say OMG—even some really nice people! Yet this commandment must be very important to God if He placed it No. 3 on His list! It’s even above murder!
Get this—It’s the only commandment with a warning: “The Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name.” This is serious.
Someday we will stand before God. I don’t think anyone will get away with explaining, “Everyone else was saying it! I didn’t know it was that important!” Or, “It just came out of my mouth! I didn’t even think about it!” No. They will be guilty!
Often the inmates in my Bible study would have this habit. Once they surrendered their lives to Christ they’d want to change, but it was difficult. The Bible says to, “Let your ‘Yes be Yes’ and your ‘No be No.’”
So I would suggest they prepare in advance, what they want to say, the next time they’re angry or frustrated. Then I would suggest they practice!
Those practice sessions were humorous! In the end they’d usually settle on acceptable expressions such as, “No! Oh dear! Shoot! Dang! Darn!”
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. Exodus 20:7
- All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:37
- Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4
- Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26
- SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAY – Words from Psalms 119 & 2 Thess. 3:6; Music by Kathleen
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