Top 10 Christian Cliches We Should Probably Stop Using–Unless We Really Mean It

1. “Bless Your Heart”

Everyone knows this really means, “Well, that was a stupid move, but you’re not really self-aware enough to see it.”


2. “I’ll Pray for You.”

Of course, this can be super meaningful, but many times we just use it as 1) conversation filler, 2) conversation ender, 3) a way to sound spiritual.

If you say this–MEAN IT! And make sure and actually pray. Just something to think about…


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3. “I Don’t Feel Led”

Be honest, you probably just don’t wanna do it. Don’t use this Christian cliche as the Jesus-card to get out of doing something unpleasant.


4. “Hedge of Protection”

OK, we know this phrase comes from Job 1, and it’s very King James-y of you to use it, but this catchphrase sounds more cliche than meaningful. Just say what you mean… you want God to protect them.

5. “When God Closes a Door… He Opens a Window”

What does that even mean? Oh, and sometimes, well, He just shuts the door. Boom. Done deal.


6. “My Walk with God.”

Yes, we need to spend time reading the Word and praying, but this phrase makes it sound like you have a body double and he/she is out there somewhere walking with God (probably on the beach with one set of footprints) and not present and the very core of every part of your life.


7. Overusing Father-God in Prayer

We get it, sometimes it’s hard to find the right words. However, don’t make the often subtle mistake of saying the same words over and over until you think of something new to say. Instead, just pause and gather your thoughts so your words have meaning.


8. “Ask Jesus into Your Heart”

This overused phrase can be a bit confusing. What we really mean is, “Do you want to repent and believe in Jesus?” If we use this phrase, we need to make sure and explain it–especially to kids.


 9. “After all, It Was Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve”

It’s true, but probably not the most compassionate or intelligent way to share your convictions on the importance of biblical marriage.


10. “The Lord Never Gives You More Than You Can Handle”

This is a cliche–and it’s just wrong. God gives us more than we can handle all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. That’s how he grows our faith. The passage we often get confused about is 1 Corinthians 10–and it’s referring to temptation, not trials or life’s circumstances.


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