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