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No Excuses

January 26, 2020
By Martin Luther

When the men of the place asked him about his wife, he said, "She is my sister," for he feared to say, "My wife," thinking, "lest the men of the place should kill me because of Rebekah."

GENESIS 26:7

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No Excuses

I am glad to hear about the failings and the weaknesses of the saints. But I do not praise these failings and weaknesses as good deeds or virtues. Thus I do not excuse the apostles when they flee from Christ, and I do not excuse Peter when he denies Him. Nor do I excuse other weaknesses in them and other foolish and silly things they do. Nor are these things recorded for the sake of the hard, the proud, and the obstinate. No, they are recorded in order that the nature of the kingdom of Christ may be pointed out. In His small flock He has poor and weak consciences that are easily hurt and are not easily comforted. He is a King of the strong and the weak alike; He hates the proud and declares war on the strong. He rebukes the Pharisees and those who are smug. But He does not want to break or confound the fearful, the fainthearted, the sorrowful, and the perplexed. He does not want to quench a dimly burning wick (Isaiah 42:3; Matthew 12:20). This is His way and constant practice. Thus He has acted from the beginning of the world to the end.

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