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The Talent of God's Grace

September 01, 2018
By Martin Luther

 

My feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

PSALM 73:2-3

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The Talent of God's Grace

How few are there even today whose feet are not moved when they see the prosperity of sinners. When one looks at them in their riches, display of luxury, and gluttony, he stops and looks with open mouth. Indeed, in the presence of some spectacle we stand and gape, and meanwhile forget our own affairs. He is an exceedingly rare person who goes his way with eyes and ears closed. But these things, too, are for many a cause of lukewarmness, because when they look at the corrupt habits of others, they regard themselves as better than those people by far, because they themselves are not like other men. And so, by the very fact of pleasing themselves they become abominable to God, failing to consider that perhaps those people, soon to be converted, will be much better than they. Meanwhile they themselves have buried the talent of God's grace in the ground.

From First Lectures on the Psalms, on Psalm 73 (Luther's Works 10:417-18)

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