In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the 9th Commandment. We will discuss the value of friendship and its role in our salvation. We will also highlight the need for a "right disposition" to aid us in cultivating a true friendship with God and those He places in our life.
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The First Commandment teaches us to put God first in all things. In order to do this, we must first develop our relationship with Him. Think of some of the ways we cultivate a relationship with God: through prayer, the Sacraments, and religious education. These alone are not enough to develop the kind of relationship that the First Commandment demands. The things we do, like prayer and the proper reception of the Sacraments, need to be accompanied by a right disposition. A right disposition means that our will, or our desire, encourages us to do things for the right reasons. When we pray the Pater Noster with a right disposition, we feel deep gratitude for all that God has given us, and a sense of awe and humility for God’s great charity toward us.
How can we cultivate a right disposition toward God in our daily actions? One way to do this is to think of God as a friend — 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 and He wants us to have the perfect Good, which is His self. God is the perfect friend. He wants us to reflect His perfect friendship in the relationships we have in our life. This is why He gave us His Truths and His Commandments.
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.
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