Biblical Messages

God’s Top Ten List: Oh, %$#@!

Most of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, are not perfect at keeping the third commandment:  “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord.”  It seems almost instinctive that, when we hit our thumb with a hammer, or something like that, our immediate reflex is to curse God for what happened.  It’s part of our sin nature – and God is full of grace to forgive us when we do that.

Even the substitute curse words we use – “gosh”, “golly”, etc. – can be seen as a back-door breaking of the third commandment by some.  (I wouldn’t be dogmatic about that, though.)  But how can we avoid it?  Today’s message, based on Exodus 3.1-15, tells us that as our relationship with God deepens, our reflex action to curse him diminishes – just as our love for another person generally prevents us from misusing that person’s name.

Listen to the message here – and let me know if you’d like me to pray for you over the three-month “no cursing” challenge!