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Daily Luther: The More You Pour Out, the More God will Pour In

August 3rd, 2012
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If faith is correct, then one will in turn act toward his neighbor as he believes that God has acted and does act toward him, that is, out of pure grace. He will forgive him, bear with and be patient with him, lift him out of his misery, give him his own possessions, let him enjoy all he has, deny him nothing at all, put down his body, life, property, and honor for him in the same way that God has done for him. He believes that God does this for him out of pure grace, regardless of his great lack of merit, and certainly does for him as he believes. Therefore, just as God pours out on him and covers him with His good things without regard for his lack of merit, so he in turn pours out on his neighbor, and covers him with what he has, regardless of the fact that he is an enemy or has deserved nothing. He is also certain that he cannot impoverish himself in this way, for the more he pours out, the more God pours in, and the more he fills his neighbor with what is his, the fuller he becomes of God’s good things.

From sermon for St. John’s Day, Dec. 27
Church Postils, 1522.
Forthcoming from CPH in a new edition of the Church Postil.
The sermon is on the Epistle lesson appointed for the day.
Ecclesiasticus 5:1-7

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  1. Jonathan Trost
    August 7th, 2012 at 07:42 | #1

    Ouch!

    Who among us believers does these things often and well?

    Kyrie eleison!

    Veni, Creator Spiritus!

  2. Jonathan Trost
    August 7th, 2012 at 09:01 | #2

    A further thought…

    How blest, (yet different from many other Protestants), we Lutherans are that The Service begins with Confession and Absolution!

    Some years back, a friend, who was a public school music teacher and a self-identified “non-descript Protestant”, visited our church on 2 consecutive Sundays. Thereafter, he said he would continue his search for a church home, primarily because our service began on what he described as a “sour note.” I thought maybe he didn’t care for some of our chorales being written and played in a minor key.

    But, the “sour note” was Confession and Absolution.

    “Who needs that?” he asked, and continued on his searching way.

    How far removed from their (Reformed) spiritual forebearers are many non-Lutheran American Protestants today.

  3. August 7th, 2012 at 11:44 | #3

    I agree! We fail at doing these things for our neighbor again and again. Good message!
    Jonathan,
    Having confession and absolution at the beginning of our service is such a great experience for us Lutherans. It relieves us of the sin and allows us to more forward, renewed in His love.

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