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Confession Mirror: The Second Commandment

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Since so many pastors don’t know how to preach the Law to their members, perhaps this will help. From the Confession Mirror in Brotherhood Prayer Book:

The Second Commandment

You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.

Have I called God “Father” with delight? Have I used holy words or holy names in a light-hearted way? Have I used them in anger, in mockery, thoughtlessly, or for superstitious reasons?

Have I sworn carelessly or falsely? Have I taken oaths frivolously or even lied under oath intentionally? Have I kept my vows (baptismal vows, confirmation vows, marriage vows)? Have I received the holy absolution or the holy sacrament of the altar unworthily (mindless of the gift and my need for it)? Have I listened to and read God’s Word diligently?

When the precious Name of Jesus is not used rightly, it is misused. Have I properly called on my heavenly Father through His only Son Jesus Christ and had faith that He hears and answers my prayer? Have I called on His Name wrongly through false worship?

God is one, and yet there are three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Have I desired to find salvation in any other name, but the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Have I wished that there were other paths to God outside of Christ, perhaps for the sake of others? Have I confirmed others in error and made conversion difficult for them by recognizing prayers to the gods of other religions as valid? Do I pray absent-mindedly or inattentively? Do I bring every worry, concern, and grief to God in prayer? Or do I neglect prayer altogether? Have I given thanks and praise to God for his promise to listen compassionately and unendingly to my supplications? Have I consulted astrologers, fortune-tellers, palm-readers, or spiritualists? Have I been led by superstitions? Have I been influenced by horoscopes? Have I done little or nothing to spread the Name of God? Have I supported preaching and the administration of the sacrament with my prayers, conversations, and tithe?

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