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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 92

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From the Word: But reverence with contentment is great increase. (1 Timothy 6:6)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Seventh Commandment

You shall not steal.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not rob our neighbors of their money or property or take from them by unfair dealing or fraud, but help them to improve and protect their property and means of making a living.

Pulling It Together: Are you content with God? Do you trust him? Do you fear him, love him? For the one who is content with God, there is no need of anything more, no need to steal from another. For the person who trusts God, there will be enough. There may not be all that was hoped for, but there will be adequacy for the need. For the one who fears, theft is out of the question, for God does not suffer unrighteous people (1 Cor 6:9–10). The person who loves God, will love neighbor also, not stealing from others, but helping them increase their portion. For the person who fears and loves God, is content with what God provides. This contentment is not religious, but very real, because Christ Jesus has become our sufficiency (Phil 4:11)—not only for godliness but also for life (2 Pet 1:3).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, increase my faith so that I might be content in you. Amen.

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