A Whole Heart for the Half-hearted

Daily Reform, Day 177

Galatians 2:20 & Matthew 22:34-40

From the Reformer

The words, “The Son of God who loved me, and gave Himself for me,” are so many thunderclaps and lightning bolts of protest from heaven against the righteousness of the Law. The wickedness, error, darkness, ignorance in my mind and my will were so great, that it was quite impossible for me to be saved by any other means than by the inestimable price of Christ’s death.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

This is what it all comes down to in the end: we could never do what is required so God had to do it for us. We can never love him enough—with all of our hearts, souls, and minds—to give ourselves wholly unto him. Therefore, in his great love for us, God gave himself for us, so that despite coldness of heart, darkness of soul, and dullness of mind, we may be saved by his supreme work in the cross, instead of by our half-hearted efforts.

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

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