INTERNATIONALE MARTIN LUTHER STIFTUNG

The daily Luther

25th May

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed.

Interpretation of Martin Luther ...

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

The daily Luther

25th May

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed.

Romans 5 (iii-v)

If the Devil were really clever, kept quiet and did not interfere with the preaching of the Gospel, then he would have to suffer less harm. For if the Gospel is not attacked, it becomes rusty and it has neither reason nor opportunity to bring its power and might to the light of day. That is why there is nothing better for the Gospel than to be opposed by the full force and wiliness of the world. The more my conscience fights against sin and the Devil, the greater will be my justification. For the sins which oppress me cause me a great deal of pain and so I stick to my prayers and imprecations with ever greater tenacity and force with the result that my faith is constantly increasing in strength.

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