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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
The Small Catechism – part 103

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From the Word: Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

From the Confessions: The Small Catechism 

The Tenth Commandment

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his workers, or his livestock, or anything that is your neighbor’s.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not ruin our neighbors’ relationships with their husband or wife, workers, or livestock, or try to lure them away, but encourage them to remain and serve each other faithfully.

Pulling It Together

There is a difference between what your heart desires and what your flesh desires. As you find more and more joyful satisfaction, even sheer delight, in God’s company, you will find your heart desiring godly things. The Holy Spirit brings this to pass. Though the flesh still craves, God is also making you yearn for spiritual things. Delight in him, and he will delight to give you the latter.

Prayer: Give me the spiritual strength today, Lord, to hunger and thirst for you. Amen.

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