Daily Reformation, Psalm 85:8-13
From the Reformer
13. The result of faith is that for such a great blessing, the forgiveness of sins because of Christ, we love God in return. Therefore, love for God is a fruit of faith.
14. This same faith causes us to be ashamed of having offended such a kind and generous father.
15. Therefore, it cause us to abhor our flesh with its evil desires.
—Philip Melancthon, Loci Communes Theologici
Pulling It Together
He was convinced that he was no good because he could not keep the commandments of God perfectly. He did well most days but then fell down sometimes. His mistake was that he focused on the falling. Focus on the Father instead of the fault and you will find you have his strength again and the fruits to match.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers