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You can also harm him spiritually, by you withholding from him, what is good for his soul and which my favour sends to all men and can be imparted by everyone to his fellowmen.

Seventh and eighth commandment - Comment on 2018 May 2 (3)

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So a testimony is demanded from you about your neighbour, be true and full of love towards him. Seek to understand his faults and to lovingly point them out to him, but do not misuse his weakness as advantage for you, by you seeking to disparage him, to win yourself on that occasion. Read more:

 

Bertha Dudde:

 

Seventh and eighth commandment.

15. October 1950. B.D. NR. 4982.

To my child, which serves me in loyalty and persistence, a further sign of my love and favour: The command is given you in addition: "Thou shalt not steal." You violate this command of neighbourly love quiet openly, so you therefore violate everything, what is his. You are to respect the property of the neighbour, indeed even protect it against his enemies; otherwise you feel no love for him, as I command you. You are to love the neighbour as yourselves and you will be grateful towards him, who respects your property; therefore you are to do likewise to also acquire the love of the neighbour. What you draw unlawfully to you, will earn you no blessing; it will rather burden you and depress your soul, which wants to strive upwards. Thou shalt not steal. They are not just earthly goods, which you are not to purloin from your neighbour. You can also harm him spiritually, by you withholding from him, what is good for his soul and which my favour sends to all men and can be imparted by everyone to his fellowmen. Who is therefore in the possession of spiritual goods, has received it from me. But also fellowmen are entitled to equal right to fill themselves of it and you are not to curtail this right for him, by you withholding from him, what is also meant for him. You then take from him so to speak, what also belongs to him, even so he has not yet taken possession of it. Then your behaviour shows no love towards the neighbour and still less love towards me, your God and creator from eternity. Every reduction of spiritual or earthly good then comes under this command, and every disregard of love towards the neighbour reflects on you yourselves, which you will receive, as you hand out, and taken away from you, what you take away from men, and for that reason receive the reward for the soul and earthly, which you deserve.

And also the next command is to be understood equally: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." Honest truth is to always flow out of your mouth, and you are never to harm your neighbour in his reputation through a lie, in his position among fellowmen. Every slander is a sin against this command; through every untrue expression about him man harms the neighbour and acts loveless and unjust, for which he must take responsibility. So a testimony is demanded from you about your neighbour, be true and full of love towards him. Seek to understand his faults and to lovingly point them out to him, but do not misuse his weakness as advantage for you, by you seeking to disparage him, to win yourself on that occasion. Through a thoughtless word you can harm the neighbour, and the thought of revenge becomes awake in him, and it suffocates all love and makes man sinful. You certainly are to remain true, therefore not praise a man against your knowledge and conscience, who does not deserve it, but every act of lack of love may be far from you, far from you may be every act of insult of the neighbour for your own advantage. Every judgement about your neighbour, which is not in accordance with the truth, is a gross offence of this command, because it is without all love and does not redound you men to honour. Every lie is to be condemned, but so it is harming the neighbour, it is a double sin, a sin against the neighbour and a sin against me myself, me who am eternal truth. It is an offence of the love command against me and against your neighbour. Amen. B.D. NR. 4982.

 

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