All in a word

Good evening folks
I have been thinking about how easy it is to forget our language and how this effects those around us.
Exodus 20 v 7 says this “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.”
The third commandment is certainly against common swearing. This commandment also covers the light or disrespectful use of any of God’s attributes or character.
Through His names and titles, God has chosen to reveal His attributes, office, authority, prerogatives, and will. Each name of God features some distinct virtue or characteristic of His nature. Thus, God has declared the glory of His nature by His names, which are not to be abused.
It is this commandment more than any other that shows how much God should be a part of our every word, deed and attitude as Christians – not least at work. It shows that the test of our spiritual cleanliness is how we use the name of God. It indicates that a person is better off being sincerely wrong than to be a professing Christian and deny His name by the words and  conduct of his life.
So may I encourage all those including myself, who have received Christ as Saviour and have the confidence of faith in Him to try to remember this as we come into the season where many folk are, may be for the first time this year, just allowing their minds to think about Jesus – we are encouraged to be His witnesses and it is what we say and do that can make such a huge difference to all who know us in how they view Jesus Christ.
Have a great week,
Mark

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