In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the 9th Commandment. This commandment, like the Sixth Commandment, sounds very specific but we will explore and understand better it's deeper meaning: the precious value and dignity of friendship.
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The Expulsion from Paradise, Padua Baptistery (c. 1378)
The first Commandment teaches us to put God first in all things. One way to do this is to think of God as the best friend that we have.
What is a friend? A friend is someone that loves you and wants all good things for you. God loves us perfectly. He wants us to have the perfect Good, which is His self. God is the perfect friend. He wants us to be the best kind of friend we can be. This is why He gave us His Truths and His Commandments. Our friendship with God is very important. It is the most important friendship we will ever have.
Some people are called to have a very special friendship with another person. It is called the Sacrament of Matrimony, or marriage. For people who get married, only a friendship with God is more important than the friendship of marriage.
When a man and a woman get married, they make a promise to each other. They say, “I will always put God and you before anything else for my whole life.” This promise is an oath, because the man and woman are saying this before God. The oath of marriage imitates the promises God gives us. God will never break His promise to us. Married people should never break their promise to each other.
This is what God means when He commands us not to covet our neighbor’s wife. No other person should be more important than the person we marry.
The ninth Commandment is not only for people who get married. Every friendship makes a promise. The promise doesn’t have to be an oath, like in the Sacrament of Marriage, but it should still be kept. The promise of friendship is the same as the definition of a friend: I love you and only want good things for you.
Words to remember:
Sacrament of Matrimony
In this lesson we learned that:
Our friendship with God is the most important friendship we will ever have.
The Sacrament of Matrimony is a very special friendship with another person.
Married people make a promise to each other that they should never break.
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