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A Reading from the Book of Concord
3 year series

August 23, 2015 - Pentecost 13, series B

The following reading from the CONCORDIA edition of the Book of Concord is for the Ephesians 5:22-33 for the Pentecost 13, series B, August 23, 2015.

It is from Large Catechism, Part I, pages 383-384.

The young should be guided so that they desire the married estate and know that it is a blessed estate and pleases God.

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Pastor Doug May
Socorro, New Mexico


I speak of this in order that the young may be guided so that they desire the married estate and know that it is a blessed estate and pleases God. For in this way, over time we might cause married life to be restored to honor. There might be less of the filthy, loose, disorderly behavior that runs riot the world over in open prostitution and other shameful vices arising from disregard for married life. It is the duty of parents and the government to see to it that our youth are brought up with discipline and respectability. When they have become mature, parents and government should provide for them to marry in the fear of God and honorably. God would not fail to add His blessing, so that people would have joy and happiness from marriage.

In conclusion this commandment demands: Everyone should live chaste in thought, word, and deed in the estate of marriage. But also everyone should love and value the spouse God gave to him. Where marital chastity is to be maintained, man and wife must live together in love and harmony. Then one may cherish the other from the heart and with complete faithfulness. For harmony is one of the principal points that enkindles love and desire for chastity, so that, where this is found, chastity will follow without any command. St. Paul diligently encourages husband and wife to love and honor one another. (paragraphs 217-220)

Condensed from CONCORDIA: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS, copyright 2005,2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To purchase a copy of CONCORDIA, call 800-325-3040.

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