We are to call God our Father - Jame C. Bell

People today have many names for our great God, Creator of our universe and all mankind -- the Holy Father of us all.

Many use His name casually and without proper respect, others take His name in vain by swearing and cursing others. They swear evil thoughts and use His Holy Name to hurt and insult their brothers.

Some call Him "the man upstairs," or "the big guy," "the judge," etc. Some poke fun at others by saying, "God is going to get you." Too often, we hear people exclaiming, "Oh God, Oh God, or my God, my God," over and over, just over some silly, meaningless happening or remark.

These people show no respect or love for God as they shamelessly use His name in vain, cursing and swearing and shouting, "Jesus Christ," to show their surprise or dislike for something or someone.

Jesus said these people belong to their father, the devil. Read John 8:42-47.

Most of these people -- the children of the devil -- are lost spiritually and headed for eternal punishment in hell. They actually think that what they are doing, and the way they are living, is perfectly alright and doesn't hurt them or anyone else. Or this is what they would have you think!

I believe they know better, but are in rebellion against God and listening to the devil. I had a Christian friend the other day to tell me the devil is powerless against Christians and insists he can not cause us to sin. If this were true, then Christians would all be without sin in their lives and could do no wrong!

The Bible tells us that He who is in us is more powerful than he who is in the world. This is true and we Christians do have the power in Jesus Christ to resist any sin the devil may bring up, but are we always willing to resist the tempting opportunity or situation that may come up? If this is so, then, why do we find ourselves having to ask God to forgive us our sins and trespasses against others?

I do believe that when Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross to pay for all the sins of man in the world, He defeated the devil and won the victory over the grave and death. But this does not mean that we are all automatically saved, and that everyone will go to Heaven one day. Some today say this, but Jesus Christ said in Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of God, but only those who do the will of my Father who is in Heaven."

Christians need to be careful how they use the name of God and be sure not to misuse the name of the Lord -- this is the third commandment: You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

We must show our love for Him and our faith and trust in Him. Jesus had this to say regarding oaths -- see Matthew 5:33-37. Rather than swearing, we must control our tongues and minds and let our answers be yea, yea, or nay, nay -- that is, yes or no.

Many in our world today are spiritually lost, they do not seem to know the way to live in order to please God, but rather than disliking them and avoiding them, we must seek them and find them. When we do, we must approach them with friendliness and love and try to share the love of Jesus Christ with them.

Most will appreciate our sincere care and interest in them and will listen to what the Bible teaches about God's great love for them. We must be very careful to live our lives according to our Father's teaching, so that we set the right example for them.

May we all honor our God by referring to Him as our Father. Dear God, our Father, May you bless all who read this article and bring each of them closer to you. Amen.