What’s in a Name?

In his play, “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare makes the point thROSEat no matter what you call a rose, it will still smell sweet.  So, what’s in a name? Plenty!

My sisters and I used to get into a shouting match that usually degraded to, “Did NOT!” “Did TO!” “Nah-ah!” “Uh-huh!” Then Mom would step in and ask what the problem was.  One of the sisters claimed that the other was calling her names.  Hurtful names.  We usually spent quiet time in our rooms contemplating why it hurt people to be called names.

Biblical characters were given names that meant something, and some had name changes after they went through a critical turning point in their lives.  In fact, there is one name that the angels refuse to utter because of It’s import and power.  And this majestic, powerful Being promises to give you a new name when He comes to take you home with Him. (Revelation 2:17)

Meanwhile, don’t let the enemy give you names like, regret, defeat, unloved.  Remember you are a child of God!  Matthew West wrote a song called, “Child of the One True King.” Read part of the lyrics and KNOW that your name is precious to Him.

“I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it’s true
Just take a look at my life.
Hello, my name is child of the one true king
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free
Amazing grace is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true king.
What a love the Father has lavished upon us
That we should be called his children
I am a child of the one true King.”

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