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. Yep, often we do not even realize this!

  2. So true. I think most people don't get the meaning of that verse. They do think it is only about saying a curse word. You explained this wonderfully.

  3. I was a Christian for a long time before I really understood the scope of the third commandment. Thank you for this love note.

  4. Sing and not realize the words can apply to us.
    Say amen and not listen to the prayer.


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