CATECHESIS NOTES FOR THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT -- "You shall not steal." -- God continues to protect the blessings which he has given his creation. As the fifth commandment protects life, and the sixth marriage, so also the 7th commandment protects our possessions. God has given us all things. An understanding of this fact will help us appreciate not only the abundant blessings which our Lord has given to each of us, but it will also help us realize that we can help protect other people's property and business as well.
CATECHESIS NOTES FOR THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT -- "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." -- Once again, the Lord protects those blessings he has bestowed on his creation. In the eighth commandment, God is protecting the good name which he has given to us. It is so easy to besmirch a good name–especially when we believe that person deserves such ridicule and shame. In this commandment, however, our God commands us to not only protect other people's reputations, but also to live in harmony with each other by trusting that another person's "yes" is "yes," and his or her "no" is "no."
Luther's Small Catechism
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