Sunday, August 27, 2017

Luther: the truly Christian life

Sunday, August 27, 2017
    Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
    For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
    —2 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV)
    Here is the truly Christian life, here is faith really working by love: when a man applies himself with joy and love to the works of that freest servitude, in which he serves others voluntarily and for nought; himself abundantly satisfied in the fulness and richness of his own faith.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Treatise on Christian Liberty [1520], p. 47 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 4:5; Matt. 20:25-27; Luke 22:25-26; John 13:14-15; Rom. 15:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a servant’s heart.
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