Y'all I have to be transparent here and admit that I am very guilty of this and the Lord has really been convicting me and revealing to me all the ways I take His name in vain.
First of all, I'm sure I'm not the only one who grew up thinking this simply meant not to use the Lord's name with the word da%$. Dern was OK. Dang was OK but da%$? Don't you dare!!!
I have come to realize that any time you use the name of God or Jesus in any way that isn't praising, worshipful or respectfully in reference to, you are taking the Lord's name in vain!!!
Here are the most common ways I have used the Lord's name in vain unintentionally and during a very dark time in my life, intentionally:
1. OMG or Oh My God. Y'all I wasn't talking to or about the Lord when I would say this!!! I was using it for drama!!! Dramatic use = in vain.
2. PTL, praise God, praise the Lord, or hallelujah when I'm not actually praising his holy name. More drama and sometimes even sarcasm 😞.
3. GD. Whether I've said it with the word da%$, dang or dern or even just the letters. I cringe now thinking of the times I have done this!!! Y'all I was saved at 8 years old but for a long stretch of time, I sure didn't live like it.
I am so thankful for our precious Heavenly Father's forgivness because this is not something I'm proud of. I am also thankful for His conviction.
Well y'all, this is me confessing my sin because I never want to be that blogger who acts like they have it all together. I'm going to be straight up and real with you all. I'm not that perfect Christian. I'm the one who knows she needs Jesus.
Anyway, it's way past my bedtime but I had to get this posted while my thought train was still on track.
Always remember that you are beautiful and Jesus thought of you on the cross.