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Self Examination Questions: 4th Commandment

Small Catechism: What is the Fourth Commandment?  Honor your father and mother.  What does this mean?  We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them. 

Large Catechism: To the position of fatherhood and motherhood God has given special distinction above all positions that are beneath it: He does not simply command us to love our parents but to honor them…In this way He separates and distinguishes father and mother from all other persons upon earth and places them at His side.  For it is a far higher thing to honor someone than to love someone, because honor includes not only love, but also modesty, humility, and submission to a majesty hidden in them.  Honor requires not only that parents be addressed kindly and with reverence, but also that…we demonstrate…that next to God, we regard them as the very highest.  For someone we honor from the heart we must also truly regard as high and great. 

280.  Self-examination Questions. 

Salomon Liscovius, German Lutheran Pastor (d. 1716)

(from Ev. Luth. Gebets-Schatz)

Fourth Commandment

How have I behaved toward my parents, teachers, and superiors?

Have I recognized in humility the image of God attached to them by God in the fourth commandment and honored it in them? 

Have I endeavored to show them all love, faithfulness, obedience, and thankfulness, and so called upon God for their bodily and spiritual welfare?


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