I said Jesus Christ in frustration towards someone is that using the name in vain?
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Invoking the name of our Lord and Savior in a moment of frustration is not good; furthermore, it can even be a habit for some people, though I have heard worse (e.g., "Jesus H. Christ," "Jesus effing Christ," and so on).
Some people, even Christians, get into the habit of saying "Oh my God" without really intending to pray.
Neither expression, however, means we are "taking God's name in vain," at least in the biblical sense.
What the Bible means by "taking the Lord's name in vain" is to bear or take the name of Christian, for example, and then act like the devil! Such a person is bearing the Lord's name in vain and is a hypocrite. Some of Jesus' strongest words were directed at hypocrites who failed to walk their talk (or practice what they preach).
This is not to say that every Christian perfectly mirrors the attitudes and actions of the One whose name he or she bears. We are all works in progress. Sincere Christians, however, are at least attempting to make their walk jibe with their talk, imperfect though it may be. The good news is that God judges His children according to the amount of light they have received. To whom much is given, much is required (see Luke 12:48). Additionally, the person who knows what the right thing to do is but does not do it, that person sins (see James 4:17).
Moreover, Jesus tells us we will be judged, in part, at the Judgment Seat of Christ (the bema, 2 Corinthians 5:10) for the words we speak, including careless words (Matthew 12:36).
In conclusion, I would commit this concern of yours to God in prayer. Your obvious guilt is a sign you don't want to do this. Seek God's help in ridding your vocabulary of such expressions, or any other expressions (such as "cussin'") which are unseemly for a person who bears the name of Christ. You are a Christian, yes?
Remember, too, that not only is God is watching and listening, but so also are unbelievers, who can't wait for Christians to mess up so they can point the finger and say, "Hypocrite!"
Consider Paul's words to the Colossians,
Salty language, or language seasoned with salt: the choice is ours!