December 30, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Malachi 1:1-2:17 Revelation 21:1-27 Proverbs 31:10-24

“Build Your Faith on These Words”

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…”
[Titus 3:4-5]

The Divine Nature is nothing other than pure beneficence, as Paul says here, “kindness and love of people” [Titus 3:4], which daily pour out their good things in abundance on all creatures, as we see. See that these words are spoken to you, since God’s kindness and love of people are revealed and offered to everyone. Build your faith on these words; daily train and strengthen yourself on them. If you hold without any doubt that it is true and that God is and wants to be kind and people-loving toward you, then He certainly is. Then you can with all confidence ask, and desire whatever you want, whatever presses on you, whatever is necessary for you and for others. But if you do not believe it, then it would be much better if you had never heard it. By your unbelief you make these precious, comforting, gracious words into lies. But if you believe, then it is impossible that your heart will not laugh for joy in God, and become free, sure, and courageous.

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