Have You Taken God’s Name in Vain?

Written by Joseph T Lee

I bet the majority of Americans as well as many throughout the world has taken God’s name in vain. Saying curse words with God’s name is one example of taking His name in vain. But this isn’t the only example.

Another example of taking God’s name in vain is the following. Some people who are excited over a new job might say, “Oh my God! I got the job.” They might say in amazement “Oh My God!” Some people may think this is harmless, but in fact anytime we use our Heavenly Father’s name without reverence, is taking His name in vain. According to the Bible, God’s name should be spoken reverently.

One of the Ten Commandments says in Exodus 20:7, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

Look at some of the other supporting Scriptures as why you should not take God’s name in vain.

Leviticus 19:12, “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”

Matthew 12:36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Are you an enemy of God? Look at what Psalm 139:20 says, “They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain!”

Even using acronyms like OMG is not good. God knows everything and He sees everything. He knows your heart. You might as well have said it because the sin against God was already in your heart.

Christians, if you have a habit of saying “OMG or Oh My God,” please stop and repent immediately and turn from your sin. Do not take the Lord’s name in vain. If you say worse, I am very concerned with your spiritual life, as it appears you may have fallen back into sin.

Pray and ask God to forgive you. Repent and turn from your sins and wicked ways. God wants a pure relationship with you. I pray that you will have a close relationship with Him today.

Copyright August 8, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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