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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Do not take the name of the Lord in vain...

The 4th commandment is: You shall not use or repeat the name of the Lord your God in vain [that is, lightly or frivolously, in false affirmations or profanely]; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Ex 20:7 - Amplified)

I know a lot of people believe that this only applies when we use the words "God" or "Jesus" or the more "modern" "OMG" (standing for "Oh my God") or "Jeez" (which refers to "Jesus") as exclamations. For me it is all those and much more.

The statement by a dear lady in my church (Mrs B) encapsulates it so well.
In Romans 1:16, Paul stated that:
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek," (Amplified).
She went on to say that we should neither be ashamed of the gospel or a shame to the gospel.

In fact, when you are not a shame to the gospel, you are not ashamed of the gospel because your life is the gospel people see and read and glorify God. When you think about it, Psalms 34:5* gives us the tells us that those of us who look up to God will have no reason to ever be ashamed...and that is where what I call the "no-shame" cycle starts.

If you are a Christian, you should be living in the "no-shame" cycle - and the best way not to take the name of the Lord in vain. And, it's even the best way to live. God bless.

*All who look to him will be radiant. Their faces will never be covered with shame. (God's Word Translation)

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