Commandments (3)

The third commandment is about God’s name. This commandment is found in Exodus 20:7. “You must not use the name of the Lord your God to make empty promises. If you do, the Lord will not let you go unpunished.” Some people call this “taking God’s name in vain,” and others call it swearing. Whatever you call this, it means showing disrespect for God’s name.

Think about someone you respect — maybe your pastor or your grandmother. You would not use your pastor’s name or your grandmother’s name in a bad way. It is the same with God. If we love and respect Him, we will be careful how we use His name.

When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He said that God’s name should always be kept holy. Every day we can see on TV and social media that people use God’s name as an expression of surprise or a swear word. That is not showing respect for God’s holy name.

What about you? Do you respect God and use His name in a good way? Or do you use God’s name as a swear word? Show God how much you love Him by keeping His name holy every day!