You Can be an Overcomer
cies, perverted appetites, and debased morals, as well as physical disease and degeneracy, are trans- mitted as a legacy from father to son, to the third and fourth generation. This fearful truth should have a solemn power to restrain men from follow- ing a course of sin.
“Showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.”
In prohibiting the worship of false gods, the sec- ond commandment by implication enjoins the worship of the true God. And to those who are faithful in His service, mercy is promised, not merely to the third and fourth generation as is the wrath threatened against those who hate Him, but to thousands of generations.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy
God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that
taketh His name in vain.”
This commandment not only prohibits false oaths and common swearing, but it forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless man- ner, without regard to its awful significance. By the thoughtless mention of God in common con- versation, by appeals to Him in trivial matters, and by the frequent and thoughtless repetition of His name, we dishonor Him. “Holy and reverend is His name.” Psalm 111:9. All should meditate upon His majesty, His purity and holiness, that the heart may be impressed with a sense of His exalted character; and His holy name should be uttered with rever- ence and solemnity.