pray, praise, and give thanks.

Walking through any store at any given time I will hear the words “Oh my god!” at least five times, maybe more. Doing a little research, Oh My god is one of the top 5 expletives out there and more often said by women than men.

Quite honestly, unless you have parental authority over a child and can tell them not to speak that way, there is nothing that can really be done about how others use their words.

Which makes it even more important about how you use your words as a Christian.

  • First, when you say something, why are you saying it, especially when you’re upset? Or you asking god for help or are you swearing at god for the situation?

  • But, then who is God to you? Is God a stranger that it doesn’t matter how you say God’s name or is God your closest friend and you wouldn’t ever use your closest friend’s name in that way?

  • Finally, what are you telling others about your relationship with God and what you think of God by how you use God’s name?


Martin Luther in his commentary on the Second Commandment in the Small Catechism teaches us about using God’s name.

The Second Commandment*

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.

Today and every day call upon God’s name in every trouble, in prayer, praise and thanks.


Great Lakes!


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