Who Said It's Just a Cuss Word?

we can violate the Third Commandment even if we never cuss. This 1-minute devotion gives examples of other vain uses of God's name. #BibleLoveNotes #10Commandments #Bible

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.
All of these things and others like them are vain uses of God's name.
Psalm 138:2 says, "for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”

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

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we can violate the Third Commandment even if we never cuss. This 1-minute devotion gives examples of other vain uses of God's name. #BibleLoveNotes #10Commandments #Bible


  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.

  5. Wow, great thoughts! I never considered these things as taking the Lord’s name in vain, but yeah, you have great points!

  6. Never thought of these as breaking the 3rd commandment but have you considered how we are breaking the 4th by worshipping on Sunday the 1st day of the week instead of Saturday the 7th as in the commandment?

    1. Hi Welsh Lady,
      Yes, I have studied that issue.

      If it’s important to you to worship on a particular day of the week, then you should follow your conscience, but it is not a New Testament law.

      1. There is no Sabbath command in the New Testament.

      Each of the 10 Commandments is re-commanded in the New Testament, but not the Fourth Commandment.

      2. Every day is a Sabbath to the Christian.

      Hebrews 4 addresses our Sabbath – our day of rest.
      This passage refers to the institution of the Sabbath in Creation. And it says that Christians have entered God’s rest. That means for the Christian, every day is the Sabbath.

      3. Christians are commanded to meet together, but no particular day is commanded.
      Hebrews 10:25

      4. The observation of a particular day does not make a Christian more holy or less holy. It’s not a moral issue.

      Galatians 4:9-10: now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? You are observing special days and months and seasons and years! I fear for you, that my efforts for you may have been in vain.

      5. We must follow our conscience regarding the Sabbath, but we must not condemn our brother for holding a different view:

      Colossians 2:16: So don't let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths.

      Romans 14:5: One man regards a certain day above the others, while someone else considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.

  7. Hi Gail thank you for your reply. Please allow me to respond. I think it's a mistake to believe that the commandments must have been re-commanded in the New Testament for them to be valid and that one of them could 'disappear'. Just because some of them were mentioned in the N.T doesn't mean they were being re-commanded. I believe the commandments were written in God's hand and given as they stood in Exodus 20 for ever as they were inscribed in rock. (After Jesus' death they were to be inscribed in our hearts as part of the New Covenant). The Sabbath was made a holy day at creation and, I believe, meant to be kept for ever as it was then inserted into the commandments. They were not given for the Jews as everybody needs a rest day not just the Jews. We have to take the verses you mention in Galatians, Romans and Colossians in context. I can't believe Paul would call the commandments weak and worthless so he must be talking about other festivals the Jews kept and we as gentiles don't have to. It not about condemning people I'm trying to get them to think about this one particular commandment that seems to have been forgotten (God started it Remember) since 321 when Constantine ordered the shops to shut on Sundays and the Catholics made Sunday a holy day. In fact the church I was attending before I was convicted to keep Saturday went through one of the commandments every week and read the 4th one out which said to keep the 7th day and yet they were in church on the 1st day without any explanation. Nobody except me saw it as contradictory! When I spoke to Pastor afterwards he just said he hasn't got a problem with it. Not having a problem with trifling with God's commands! I really think this is a subject we have to take to the Holy Spirit and not rely on our own understanding as if we are wrong to keep Sunday we are sinning every week and so we are on very dangerous ground.

    1. Hi Welshlady,

      I think it's important for you to do as your conscience dictates, and I respect your desire to consider the Old Testament Sabbath your day of rest and worship. That Sabbath is specifically from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

      But you are violating both of the Scriptures I quoted above by calling it a sin to worship on another day of the week. The Holy Spirit does not tell us anything contrary to God's Word, so it is not a matter of Sunday-worshipers not listening to God's Spirit.

  8. I still beg to disagree. Of course it's a sin to break any of the commandments. If the Spirit thinks keeping the sabbath is contradictory to the bible why would he tell a proportion of the population to keep it? I think this issue is too important to ignore and think we would all benefit for prayerfully studying it further and not just accepting something that's been handed down from generation to generation since 321 A.D.

  9. In some countries, Monday is considered the first day of the week.


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