August 10, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Ezra 10:1-44 1st Corinthians 6:1-20 Proverbs 21:3

“Our New Motivation”

“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them
is that you are not of God.”
[John 8:47]

Therefore, a new creation is not a change in clothing or in outward manner … but a renewal of the mind by the Holy Spirit; this is then followed by an outward change in the flesh, in the parts of the body, and in the senses. For when the heart acquires new light, a new judgement, and new motivation through the Gospel, this also brings about a renewal of the senses. The ears long to hear the Word of God instead of listening any longer to human traditions and notions. The lips and the tongue do not boast of their own works, righteousness, and monastic rule; but joyfully proclaim nothing but the mercy of God, disclosed in Christ. These changes …. produce a new mind, a new will, new senses, and even new actions by the flesh.

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