Daily Reform, Day 221
Galatians 3:2 and 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
From the Reformer
We must learn that forgiveness of sins, Christ, and the Holy Ghost, are freely granted unto us at the preaching of faith, in spite of our sinfulness. We are not to waste time thinking how unworthy we are of the blessings of God. We are to know that it pleased God freely to give us His unspeakable gifts. If He offers His gifts free of charge, why not take them? Why worry about our lack of worthiness? Why not accept gifts with joy and thanksgiving?
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
It seemed like he spent half of his childhood being grounded. He was always doing something that displeased his parents and the result was that he could not go out and play with his friends for a week at a time. Bad grades though, would get him grounded for six weeks, until the next grade card would come home. After years of this disciplinary action having no positive benefit, his parents withdrew the punishment. He still sensed their displeasure with his poor academics but was free to enjoy life as a boy. They hoped one day he would mature and do well in school.
It would have been an odd thing indeed, if he did not accept his parents’ mercy and stayed in his bedroom for the rest of his childhood.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with Luther in Galatians