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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 96

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From the Word: 16 These are the things that you shall do. Every one of you speak the truth with your neighbor; pronounce truthful judgments and peace in your gates. 17 Do not plot evil in your heart against your neighbor, and do not love a deceitful oath, for all these are things that I hate, declares the Lord. (Zechariah 8:16–17) 

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Eighth Commandment

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not betray, slander, lie, or gossip about our neighbors, but defend them, speak well of them, and put the most charitable construction on all that they do.

Pulling It Together: God is listening. He listens to our hearts, as well as our words. Even our intentions, our deepest desires, are known to him. We are to fear and love him to such a level that we dread our neighbor’s harm—whether at our own hands or another’s. We are to strive for his peace and prosperity, not imagine ways to undo him. God is listening.

Prayer: Give me your peace, Lord, so that I may live your peace in times of temptation. Amen.

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