What does God require of us in the Fifth Commandment?

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In the Fifth Commandment God requires that we help preserve our neighbor’s life and help him in such a way that his life will redound to his temporal and eternal good. We will appreciate the purpose of earthly life, if we remember that God has given it to us as a time of grace in order that we might be saved.

1 Joh. 3:18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.

1 Thess. 5:14-15: Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man, but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.