INTERNATIONALE MARTIN LUTHER STIFTUNG

The daily Luther

24th January

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

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

The daily Luther

24th January

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6 (iv)

Parents hope to gain salvation by the way they bring up their children, even though they have many other things to do. By preparing their children correctly for church services, they have indeed produced a handful of good works for themselves. For what is the value of the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the captives, the sick and the strangers compared with the souls of your own children? By doing this for your children, God turns your house into a home for the poor and sets you up as a father to the poor so that your children may learn to trust and fear God, believe in Him, hope in Him and honour His name. Also, they will learn to despise worldly things, to bear misfortune gently and, finally they will not fear death itself (...).

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