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.
You should never tell lies about your neighbor. You should not lie because we do not want lies told about yourself. How would you feel if your neighbor told lies about you. Spreading lies and gossip can destroy your neighbor’s reputation which in a second can be destroyed with one false word. Our Lord Jesus Christ always spoke the truth in love. We should live our lives like Him, truthfully and honestly.
Dear heavenly Father, forgive us our sin. Help us not to bear a false witness but to speak the truth in love. Thank You for sending Your son Jesus Christ our Lord to die for our sins, even for those who bear a false witness.
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS