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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 253

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From the Word: 27 You have heard that it was said, “‘You shall not commit adultery,’ 28 but I say to you, that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27–28)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism, Table of Duties

Certain passages of Scripture for various holy orders and positions, warning them about their duties and responsibilities:

For Husbands

Husbands, in similar manner, live with your wives as understanding, giving honor to the woman as a weaker vessel, since they are joint heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be obstructed (1 Pet 3:7). And do not be bitter with them (Col 3:19).

Pulling It Together: When marriage is rightly considered as a vocation, a calling for life, it is sobering. Would that more couples entered into the estate with a proper understanding of the gravity of what lies ahead. As the years pass, the situation makes itself clear enough: marriage can be, and often is, an arduous affair. So, it calls for understanding on both sides of the aisle, for there will be countless times that one must bite the tongue, hold back the hand, soften the countenance, and avert the eyes. The husband, in today’s reading, is called daily to love his nearest neighbor, cherishing her as he would himself. This means he has eyes and a heart for her alone. That is the full weight of his vocation as husband.

Prayer: Love through me, Lord, when I am weak, and brighten my love when I think myself strong. Amen.

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