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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

Do not misuse my name. I am the LORD your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name. That is, irreverently, in false affirmations or in ways that impugn the character of God. Also disregarding its reverence and power that God's name deserves. Wanting all people to know Him and no longer disgrace his holy name. Jesus came to this world to bring glory to the Father. His life was perfect reflecting the glory of God in every aspect of human life. Paul assured the Romans that in Rom. 10:13 that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Gods name should be respected and honored on our lips for sure. But the name of Jesus should also be respected by the way we live. Jesus died so that we had the opportunity to truly live. Because of the greatness of the name of God, any use of God’s name that brings dishonor on Him or on His character is taking His name in vain. The third of the Ten Commandments forbids taking or using the Lord’s name in an irreverent manner because that would indicate a lack of respect for God Himself. The name of the Lord is holy, as He is holy. The name of the Lord is a representation of His glory, His majesty, and His supreme deity. We are to esteem and honor His name as we revere and glorify God Himself. To do any less is to take His name in vain.

Christ was humble. He obeyed God and even died on a cross. He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. For this reason Christ died and returned to life, that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. Ask me, and I will do whatever you ask. This way the Son will bring honor to the Father. And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. We glorify God even more when we come to Him in the name of Jesus. God's name is holy, holy, holy! Let us honor the name of God by praying to Jesus and living a holy life that He lived out for us.

Meditate Phil 2:9


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