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Daily Devotion


Insisting on Grace

December 27, 2018
By Martin Luther

But with You there is forgiveness, that You may be feared.

PSALM 130:4


Insisting on Grace

But there is forgiveness with Thee. Therefore there is no refuge in any other person where one could stand or abide. St. Paul says (Romans 8:31): "If God is for us, who is against us?" By the same token, who will be for us if God is against us? With Him alone is forgiveness. Therefore good works cannot help. If anyone wants to amount to something before God, he must insist on grace, not on merit. That Thou mayest be feared. As already stated, if anyone does not fear God, he does not implore, nor is he forgiven. In order, therefore, to gain God's grace, He and He alone is to be feared, just as He alone forgives. For if anyone fears something besides God, he seeks the favor and mercy of this other thing and does not care about God. But whoever fears God desires His grace and does not care about anything that is not God; for he knows that no one can harm him if God is gracious to him.

From Seven Penitential Psalms, on Psalm 130 (Luther's Works 14:191)

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