All the Difference

Daily Reform, Day 101

Galatians 2:13 & 2 Timothy 4:1-4

From the Reformer

Paul reproved Peter for no trifle, but for the chief article of Christian doctrine, which Peter’s hypocrisy had endangered. For Barnabas and other Jews followed Peter’s example. It is surprising that such good men as Peter, Barnabas, and others should fall into unexpected error, especially in a matter which they knew so well. To trust in our own strength, our own goodness, our own wisdom, is a perilous thing. Let us search the Scriptures with humility, praying that we may never lose the light of the Gospel. “Lord, increase our faith.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

It was said by the news panelist that the American voter likes a candidate who is humble and honest enough to admit where he or she failed to keep campaign promises. If American voters appreciate such confession, how much more so does God? Christians may not be politicians but we do pledge to faithfully follow God and keep his ways. And in this pledge, of course, we fail.

Therefore, from time to time, we must expect some correction. This is particularly important when and if we fail in chief articles of faith such as how one is justified before God. Every now and then someone may have to remind us that it is not what we do but what Christ did for us that makes all the difference.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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