Thursday March 9, 2017
The Eighth Commandment.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
What does this mean?--Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything.
Lent calls us to works of love, and perhaps no work is more difficult than putting the best construction on our neighbors’ actions and words. At its root, this commandment calls us to transform even our ways of thinking about others, that we might be on the lookout for God’s work in our neighbor, and that we engage at all times in a charity of the heart and mind.
Prayer: God of truth, help me to speak the truth always and to learn the way of love in speaking of my neighbors and friends, especially those I find most difficult. Amen.
Greetings and peace be with you,
Throughout Lent, the Lutheran Camping Corporation will be sending out daily devotions for your use. We invite you to read and reflect upon these devotions as part of your Lenten discipline.
This devotion, written by Pastor Clifton Eshbach, includes one of the texts from the daily lectionary in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, as well as some prayers and hymns from ELW that may be used in your Lenten discipline of study and reflection.