The Painful Gift

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Daily Reformation, 1 Peter 4:1-6

From the Reformer

There are three sorts of people: the first, the common sort, who live secure without remorse of conscience, acknowledging not their corrupt manners and natures, insensible of God’s wrath, against their sins, and careless thereof. The second, those who through the law are scared, feel God’s anger, and strive and wrestle with despair. The third, those that acknowledge their sins and God’s merited wrath, feel themselves conceived and born in sin, and therefore deserving of perdition, but, notwithstanding, attentively hearken to the gospel, and believe that God, out of grace, for the sake of Jesus Christ, forgives sins, and so are justified before God, and afterwards show the fruits of their faith by all manner of good works.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

He had been a “bad boy” and he knew it. For weeks he had been belligerent, foul mouthed, angry, mean, and arrogant toward his parents. It was now his birthday and he was shocked to see that his parents had decorated the house, invited over family and his friends, made a cake, and given him presents. He could barely smile, would not open his presents, and refused the cake others were enjoying. His friends were puzzled by his actions. Grace is sometimes a painful gift to open.

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

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