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!