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    Peter was deeply troubled by the frequent misuse of God's Name, especially that of the Lord Jesus, by two of the men he worked with at a gas station after school. Peter liked his work, but hated the profanity he heard. The men were much older than he was, and he didn't know how to answer them. He was afraid of trying to warn them.

    One afternoon, their swearing was unbearable. Peter spoke out before he realized it and said, "Mr. Meyer, I know you love and think much of your wife. How would you feel if I used her name in a joking way or when I was angry?"

    Mr. Meyer stared in silence at Peter. "That's how I feel when you misuse the name of Jesus Christ," Peter explained. "His name is most precious to me."

    Peter's earnestness, honesty, and politeness made an impression upon Mr. Meyer. "Sorry, Pete," he responded. "I'll try to watch it."

    Those who love God, love His Names. Do you? Are you willing to sacrifice your own name and honor for Christ's?

The two most commonly used names for the Mediator are "Jesus" and "Christ ... .. Jesus" is the Mediator's personal name, and "Christ," His official name.

The name "Jesus" is the Greek form of the Hebrew name "Jehoshua" or "Hoshea." It means "Jehovah (the LORD) saves."

  • Profanity - Swearing; the misusing of God's name; irreverent language


  • When speaking with another about the misuse of God's name, how are the following important?

    - My previous behavior

    - My sincerity

    - My timing

    - My attitude



     

    And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.

    - Matthew 1:21

     

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