Who Said It's Just A Cuss Word?

Taking God's Name in Vain
image: Billy Frank Alexander
It sounds simple enough… “Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.”

But we can violate the Third Commandment even if we never cuss.
  • we can pray in God’s name without faith….
  • attend church but give more honor to the sermon and music than the Lord….
  • put a Christian bumper sticker on our car and drive like a maniac….
  • wear a Jesus t-shirt but harbor bitterness in our heart beneath that t-shirt….
  • ask the Lord to bless our meal and eat like a glutton…
  • promise to pray for a friend but never do it…
  • use a church meeting as an excuse not to help someone.
Pslam 138:2 says, "for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.” Psalm 138:2

God has been so good to us....let's do our best to honor His Name in word and deed.

© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

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  1. I have a ? - my kids love the Lord. They attend public high school and are exposed to bad words daily. They don't say bad words but I know those words are in their minds and they fight not to give in and say them - any advice or encouragement I could pass on to help them? Thank you, Jenny C.

  2. One thing I've found helpful in overcoming and preventing sins in my own life is to memorize verses that speak directly to the problem. If you thought they'd be open to it, maybe they could memorize Ephesians 4:29. It seems kind of simplistic, but God's Word really is alive and it touches our hearts and minds in ways beyond our understanding. It's also good to discuss this with them and let them know that being tempted is part of life, but God can give them the power to overcome those temptations. I know every family and every child is different, and maybe these suggestions will not fit your situation, but I will pray that God gives you peace and guidance about your concerns, Jenny. Thanks for sharing your question. If any other readers have advice, I hope they will leave it in a comment too. Gail

  3. This is such a wonderful reminder Gail, and such a good lesson to take to heart. It is a good heart check- do we use His name in vein with our actions and deeds? I know I do sometimes, thank the Lord for His mercy and guidance! Blessings to you :)

    ~Nicole, Working Kansas Homemaker

  4. Wow, that's convicting. This is going to cause me to examine things today.


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