January 21, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: Genesis 42:18-43:34 Matthew 13:47-14:12 Proverbs 4:7-10

“The Helper Who Comforts”

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
[1st John 1:8]

Therefore, a Christian must somewhere in his heart feel his sin and be frightened to death, because everything that afflicts other sinners also oppresses him. The unbelievers are so stuck in their sins that they pay no attention to this, but these people, the believers, will certainly feel it. But then they have a helper, the Holy Spirit, who comforts and strengthens them until he has completely carried it out, and put an end to it; then they will no longer perceive any of those things. We may feel evil desires, as long as we struggle against them. For that reason, such a person must not judge according to his feelings as if all were lost, but work at the remaining sins he feels all his life, let the Holy Spirit work on him, and sigh without ceasing that he might be free of those sins. This sighing never ceases in the believers, and it goes deeper than can be expressed, as St. Paul says in Romans 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” But they have a precious Listener, namely, the Holy Spirit Himself, who certainly perceives this longing and gives such consciences His divine comfort.

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