Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thursday of Lent 1

The Ninth Commandment.

You shall not covet your neighbor's house.

What does this mean?

Answer - We should fear and love God that we may not craftily seek to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, and obtain it by a show of [justice and] right, etc., but help and be of service to him in keeping it.

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house. Coveting covers our thoughts and desires. This usually means that you shouldn't do something sneaky to get what does not belong to us such as our neighbor’s inheritance or house or anything that belongs to our neighbor. Instead you should help them in any way possible. Paul in Galatians 5:13 reminds us-“ For you were called to freedom brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another”.  We should love each other and not try and steal or hurt your neighbor in any way. But to be kind and friendly be helping your neighbor by protecting what is theirs.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have called us to be Your children and heirs of Your gracious promises in Christ Jesus. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may forsake all covetous desires and the inordinate love of riches. Deliver us from the pursuit of passing things that we may seek the kingdom of Your Son and trust in His righteousness and so find blessedness and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Gabrielle Brandt

Collect Against the love of money, Lutheran Service Book © 2008 Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis
Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld ©WELS

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