A Lighter Life

Daily Reform, Day 124

Galatians 2:16 & Matthew 11:25-30

From the Reformer

When crosses and afflictions come our way, we bear them patiently. “For Christ’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light.” When sin has been pardoned, and the conscience has been eased of its dreadful load, a Christian can endure all things in Christ.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

The Christian life is demanding. It is difficult. Afflictions and crosses are challenging; let us be honest. Our Lord’s life was hard and cruel. Thus he said in the garden, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” (Matt 26:39) The demands of life often press us too. We are not, as Christ’s disciples, promised an easy life, nor are we free even of tragedy. Yet when God’s Law has driven us to his sustaining grace we find times of refreshing and rest. We discover that there is now lightness to the burden. The fear and uncertainty that accompany the demands of the Law and life are now buoyed by joy and peace.

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

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