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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Large Catechism – part 129

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From the Word: 12 But we ask you, siblings, to acknowledge those who labor among you, and direct you in the Lord, and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them highly in love for their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thessalonians 5:12–13)

From the ConfessionsThe Large Catechism, The Ten Commandments

The Fourth Commandment

Honor your father and your mother, (that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.)

God knows very well the perverseness of the world. Therefore, he rebukes and insists through the commandments that everyone consider what their parents have done for them. They will discover that they have body and life from them, and been fed and raised when otherwise they would have perished a hundred times in their own filth. Therefore, the old saying of the wise is trustworthy. Deo, parentibus et magistris non potest satis gratiae rependi. That is, to God, to parents, and to teachers, we can never render sufficient gratitude and compensation. He who regards and considers this will bestow all honor on his parents, indeed, without compulsion, and regard them as those through whom God has done him all good.

Pulling It Together: These verses urge us to honor those who do the principal work of ministry in congregations. But it is good counsel to think of our parents along these lines too. Acknowledge your mother and father for the labors they perform for you, and for their leading you in the Lord, and for that matter, for every time they scold you. Give them the highest honor since they do these things because they love you.

Prayer: Give me the humility, Lord, to accept rebuke. Amen.

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