INTERNATIONALE MARTIN LUTHER STIFTUNG

The daily Luther

21st July

(...) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD (...).

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

Cover of "Luther Breviary"
Cover of "Luther Breviary"

The daily Luther

21st July

(...) But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD (...).

Jeremiah 9 (xxiii)

As far as the grace of God is concerned, pride is preferable to humility. You should, of course, be humble with regard to your own life and concerns. You are nothing more than a sack full of maggots. However, you can never be sufficiently proud of the goodness of Christ and you have to say: "Even if I had been ten times more loathsome than I am, nevertheless I still have that Blood that purifies and sanctifies me and that has cost Christ so much to save me as well as Saint Peter." All the saints are just as contemptible as we are; that is why we are just as sublime as they are so that no one has anything over me, except that they may well have a stronger faith. Each person will give his contribution in Works by which he will shine and praise God. That is why everything is equal before God with regard to Faith, Grace and Celestial Life, whereas as far as Good Works and their glory are concerned, there are many differences.

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