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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 80

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From the Word: Let marriage be esteemed among all, and let the bed be undefiled, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. (Hebrews 13:4)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Sixth Commandment

You shall not commit adultery.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that in matters of sex we are chaste and disciplined in our words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.

Pulling It Together

It is vital that Christians honor the marriage bed, especially when culture plays fast and loose with the Sixth Commandment. We must make it an emphasis because our consciences are impaired by our nature and by TV, movies, books, and the Internet—and frankly, by the people around us. All the while, we are each under his scrutiny (Prov 15:3). God will repay all people for the deeds they have committed (Rom 2:6). So, we should fear God, as none are exempted from judgment. The real fear of God then, leads us to love our spouses as God loves us (Eph 5:22–25).

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your great love of me. Amen.

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