|Posted on November 30, 2020 at 7:50 AM|
The second of the Ten Commandments is “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” This commandment involves honoring God.
At first glance, this commandment seems to be about using God’s name incorrectly or swearing, and this is true. God asks us to have respect for Him and His Name. Therefore we are forbidden to utter any bad things against God. It also means that if we should ever make a promise which includes a reference to God, we are obligated to keep that promise. A person commits perjury when he makes a promise which he has no intention of keeping.
Each of us has a name, lovingly bestowed upon us by our parents. We are reminded by scripture that God calls each of us by name. Using a person’s name in a good way is a sign of respect for that person. Those people who I know by name are closer to me than those people who I do not know by name, and it’s harder for me to hate a person who I know than a nameless stranger. And the same goes for God.
In reviewing how well I keep this commandment I can ask myself: Have I sworn inappropriately? Have I avoided making commitments using God’s name that I fail to keep?
This commandment has been somewhat easier for me to keep than the first commandment. However, I can still recall times when I have been so angry that I have sworn inappropriately.
When I catch myself swearing, I believe the best thing I can do is immediately offer a prayer of sorrow to God for the mistake. Then at my next confession I will reiterate my sorrow and ask for God’s grace to help me overcome this failure. I also have now tried to incorporate a new word to use when I am angry and am tempted to swear. “Bananas!” seems to work well for me!
This week I challenge you to look at the second Commandment a little more closely and assess whether or not you are truly keeping God’s name holy in your life. Try saying God’s name lovingly and with great reverence. Practicing this can help you remember to keep God’s name holy. And If you are having trouble with swearing, perhaps you can think of another word to substitute. Whatever you do, I hope that you find yourself moving closer to God and finding a blessing in His presence.
Have a blessed Monday!
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