Daily Lectionary: Job 14:1-22; John 6:41-49
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (The Small Catechism: Eighth Commandment)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Scripture says, “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword, or a sharp arrow“ (Proverbs 25:18). Think about that the next time someone tells you something really scandalous about one of your classmates or friends. Think about how much harm can be done as you get on social media and let the words, pictures, memes, and everything else chop down the reputations of those around you. Repent of all of this and realize that the Eighth Commandment isn’t about your reputation, it’s about your neighbor’s.
We do enough to keep our own reputation clean and spotless but we rarely take note of our neighbor and his reputation. Christ, your best neighbor, has come for you to take on your sins against the Eighth Commandment, even when you have spoken slander and gossip about Jesus Himself. He came and took on the lies and jeering that everyone threw at Him on Good Friday, in order to speak words of love, peace, hope, and forgiveness to you, His neighbor.
You are forgiven for Jesus’ sake, and in Baptism you are assured that on the Day of Judgment Jesus will stand before the Father and speak only good and pleasing things about you, His neighbor, His friend, His brother and sister. You are His beloved child, and through His forgiveness He will never bear false witness to condemn you, but will only speak words of pardon and peace so that you may have life. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Kent Schaaf
“Bear no false witness nor defame Your neighbor nor destroy his name,
But view him in the kindest way; Speak truth in all that you say.”
Have mercy, Lord! (These Are the Holy Ten Commands, LSB 581:9)