To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Not calling names

It is an interesting thing that I have observed over the years, that when there has been a relationship collapse between two people or someone has a certain antipathy towards another person then that other person no longer uses the name of the other person in conversation. So when you are speaking to them about a situation appertaining to that person they will not use their name. It is perhaps a subconscious thing, but nevertheless it is a real thing. It is as if the person is now viewed with such contempt that they no longer feel able to call their name. This reminds us that the calling of names matters. And the calling of God’s name matters.

God has so worked that we are now in such an intimate relationship with him that we call him Father. Consider this word from Romans 8:15: The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’

And then there is the hymn which speaks of the delight in using the name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour :

“There is a Name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest Name on earth.”

Let us reverentially and delightfully use all the Names of our great God: Father , Son and Holy Spirit. There is pleasure for our great God when we do.

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