The Ten Commandments | The Eighth Commandment
Lindsey Hodge   -  

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“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor”

Exodus 20:16

Remember This 

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:37-39

Think About This

God cares about our character big time! He wants all believers to be a reflection of Jesus! Because Jesus was God, and God is perfect, Jesus always told the truth. Now, because we aren’t perfect, we know it’s impossible to never lie! But believers still being as truthful as they can is really important to God. People listen to the words you say, how you say them, and your actions and associate those with Jesus if you call yourself a believer. Think about what it means to reflect honest as a believer.

From the Small Catechism

“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.

Drive Time

What does false testimony mean? Together come up with what it means to be truly honest? In all ways, your words, actions, and even in your thoughts. What would it look like to live like that everyday? How could people react? What would it make people think about who you are and what kind of character you have? 

Meal Time

Sharing the Gospel is a thing that all believers are asked to do. Why? Because it is such Good News that it needs to be shared! When someone is always telling lies, gossiping, or being sneaky do people trust them? Why do you think God wants us to be honest people?

Read John 14:6. What does Jesus mean by He is the truth? What kind of character does God want us to uphold?

Bed Time

God wants us to reflect the image of Christ in all ways — words, actions, and thoughts. What does it look like to do this? Everyone name 1 way they can practice being honest in their words, actions, and thoughts this week! 

Pray: God we want our lives to reflect Jesus. Help us to be truthful in all ways — in our words, actions, and thoughts. Thank you for loving us so deeply and always forgiving our mistakes. Amen