Luther’s Small Catechism

by Dr. Martin Luther

Explanation of The Eighth Commandment

Explanation of The Eighth Commandment

The Eighth Commandment

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him, and explain everything in the kindest way.

The Central Thought

God commands us to speak truthfully and charitably about our neighbors so that others view them in the best possible light. 

What are some ways by which a person's reputation is damaged in our society?

Read Mark 14:3--9. See how Jesus defends and praises the woman who anointed Him.

As Christians, we seek to improve and protect the reputation of others so that people will think well of them.

Who in my life or community needs me to speak well of them?

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