18 When she carried on her whoring so openly and flaunted her nakedness, I turned in disgust from her, as I had turned in disgust from her sister. 19 Yet she increased her whoring, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the whore in the land of Egypt 20 and lusted after her lovers there, whose members were like those of donkeys, and whose issue was like that of horses.
Some associate the third commandment with swearing words like a “god damn it” or shouting “Jesus Christ!” without a holy meaning. The word vain means empty, and we Christians know God’s name is not empty. Besides, the Lord’s name created the universe, and it helps the lost be saved. When Christians are hurtful, either with brute force or unwholesome tongue, that is taking His name in vain. That kind of behavior is not accepted in the kingdom of heaven.
Exodus 20:7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
Pam Johnson is my next-door neighbor; she prays to God and attends church. She does not swear, or I have not heard it. I have heard her gossip and slander others. She is known as a gossiping drama queen; it is her reputation. If Pam knows you, if she is helping you, she feels obliged to gossip about you. Ezekiel 23:18-20 is about a woman who says she is godly but only lives life like a loudmouth harlot. Proclaiming to be holy but bragging about the love she shares and the amount of love she receives. Envy is when people brag about what they have but want what others have. They also condemn those who have what they want. A hypocritical Christian declares publicly what good they have done. They want approval from others more than from God.
Matthew 6:1 “Take care not to practice your righteousness in the sight of people, to be noticed by them; otherwise, you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 2 “So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, so that they will be praised by people. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your charitable giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
The epistle of James tells of how a trained horse with a bit in its mouth can be trained in which direction to go. Likewise, a Christian is supposed to obey God and be loving to others. A Christian that uses their mouth unloving is like fiery hell. It not only consumes one person but many; Christian love is not displaced but only demonic hate. So, I ask you, those who read my blogs, to pray for Pam Johnson, and pray for others who have been hurt by gossip. God is loving, and we Christians should only use our words to love others as Jesus does. God bless you all; Jesus loves you, and so do I. His bondservant, Samuel Jerry Head.
James 3:3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their whole body as well. 4 Look at the ships too: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are nevertheless directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot determines. 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of unrighteousness; the tongue is set among our body’s parts as that which defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of our life and is set on fire by hell. 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. 8 But no one among mankind can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people, who have been made in the likeness of God;
Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
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