READ ABOUT IT:
You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.
What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.
THINK ABOUT IT:
"Do not misuse My holy name to lie or curse or swear.
Instead call on Me anytime in praise and thanks and prayer."
This line from the children's book 'Ten Commandments' by Claire Miller explaining the second commandment reminds us of a simple truth: words matter.
I get it...we're all going to stub our toe in the night or spill a bowl of popcorn on the way to the couch. You may make a wrong turn and have to backtrack, losing a few minutes of your time. Or, you may make a mistake that costs you hundreds or thousands of dollars.
When those mis-steps happen, what do you say? Do you casually misuse God's name under your breath, or do you have other 'choice' words that you probably shouldn't repeat in front of your mom?
Each day we're going to find ourselves making mistakes, and every time that happens how you react is up to you. Unless you're calling on God to praise or seek Him, consider your words carefully. After all, you know that He is listening.
God, thank you for hearing our prayers. Forgive us when we do not use Your name as we should; encourage us to call on You in praise and time of need; in Jesus' name, amen.