Gosh! (James 4:17)

I am very careful with the choice of words I use when I write or speak. Thus, it was with much chagrin that I recently learned that a word I liberally use in my speech is actually taking God’s name in vain.

 

Gosh!

 

Yes, Gosh!

 

My pastor pointed out to me that “gosh” is actually a euphemism for God. Sure enough, we did a quick internet search and found two sources verifying this truth.

 

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/gosh

 

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gosh

 

Obviously what I did was in complete ignorance. But since I now know the origin of the word, for me to continue using it is to take God’s name in vain, and I will cease and desist. Am I preaching to anyone? No. Everyone must come to their own conclusion about their usage of “gosh” and other words.

 

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

James 4:1 7 (ESV)

 

There are many situations in life when the choices are not obvious. What is acceptable for a person or group of people may be highly offensive to another. As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I must hold my life to His perfect standards. When I am confronted with gray areas, with seemingly no right or wrong answer, I must allow the Holy Spirit to convict me and guide me. I am convinced that it is wrong to use this word; thus, for me to use it is a sin. When I choose to honor God, it means honoring Him with every aspect of my life.

 

I am not doing this because I am attempting to preach or impress others with my choices. I do this because I seek to honor God because I love and respect Him, grateful for what He has done in my life.

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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