Don’t Misuse God’s Name

Don’t Misuse God’s Name


Exodus 20:7: “Do not misuse the name of the LORD your God. The LORD will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.


God gave us ten commandments. You find them in Exodus 20 and also Deuteronomy 5. God wrote them on tablets of stone and ordered that they be put into the Ark, the special box that symbolized God’s presence in the temple. God didn’t want his people to forget what was important.


Do you know the ten commandments? Why not read them right now, just to refresh your memory?


Are there any that you’re violating? Are there any you find difficult?


Probably the most difficult commandment for people of all ages is the one that tells us not to misuse God’s name. Sometimes people use God’s name wrongly when they cuss and swear and add bad words to the name of God. But there are many ways to misuse God’s name. When we just mutter, “God,” when something goes wrong, that’s misusing it. When we say, “Jesus,” and are not talking to him directly, we’re also misusing his name.


Watch what you say. God is listening. He wants you to have a pure mouth, one that speaks truth and good things. How are you doing today?


Prayer: Teach me not to misuse your name, Lord, so I can please you. Amen.

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