The Fifth Commandment.
You shall not kill.
What does this mean?
Answer - We should fear and love God that we may not hurt nor harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend him in every bodily need [in every need and danger of life and body].
As Charlie walked down his usual path from school to his home he felt like someone was following. He looked over his shoulder and no one was there. He started on his way and looked forward again and there saw two large kids, Francis and Maurice, the two biggest bullies in the neighborhood. Charlie ran as fast as he could and made it back to school. These two bullies tripped and fell. Charlie looked back and ran back towards them and kicked them. But when this happened Mrs. Lewis, the principal saw this and told Charlie to come with her. They sat down and she asked him why he kicked them. Charlie never said a word. Mrs. Lewis said, “You know the fifth commandment. ‘You shall not murder’, right?” Charlie said, “But I didn’t kill anyone!” “But you physically harmed them. I know they bother you but they are your neighbor and you are supposed to defend them in every way possible, even if they are your enemy.” Charlie smiled at Mrs. Lewis, and walked out to help Francis and Maurice.
Dear Lord, help us in every way possible to help and protect our neighbor even if they are our enemy. Help us not to have revenge on one another but help make the situation better. In Your name we pray.
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS