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The Lord Grieves

August 10, 2019
By Martin Luther

The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.

GENESIS 6:6

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The Lord Grieves

This grief is particularly the grief of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul states in Ephesians 4:30: "Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." It means that the Holy Spirit is grieved when we wretched men are bewildered and tormented by the wickedness of the world, which despises the Word we preach in the Holy Spirit. . .. But what need, someone will say, has God of such a complaint? Can He not suddenly destroy the entire world when He wants to do so? Certainly He can, but He does not do it gladly, as He says (Ezekiel 33:11): "I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live." This disposition proves that God is ready to pardon, to forbear, and to forgive sins if only people were willing to come to their senses. But because they continue to be stubborn and to reject every remedy, He is tortured, as it were, by their wickedness.