“Now then, says our God, as to you, His jewels, I will spare you as a man spareth his own son that serveth him, and that is never.
“I tell you, my dear friends, you are God’s jewels, and when you come before Him on that last great day, He will look upon each one of you as if you were the only jewel He had. He does not bunch the whole world together and say these millions of people are My jewels, but He takes your daughter.
“If God permits us to be thus sorely tried, we should learn then not to follow our own opinion, or human counsel, which directs us hither and thither, nor to depend on ourselves and others, but we should consider that we must seek Christ in the things of his Father; that is, that we cling simply and alone to the Word of the Gospel, which directs us Christians in the right way and gives us correct knowledge.
I know, Lord, that thou canst do everything; power belongs to thee, and with thee nothing is impossible; what thou hast promised, thou art able also to perform. Thou art good, and doest good, good to all; and thy tender mercy is over all thy works, that thou wouldest cause thy goodness to pass before me, that I may taste and see that the Lord is good, and have his loving-kindness always before mine eyes.
It’s easy to be discouraged, and even to fall into despair sometimes. Yet in these darkest times, we can choose to remember the goodness and faithfulness of our Father, the one true God who made you, and cares for you. May He bless you with comfort and peace today and always.
“It is proper that we know ourselves, and the more thoroughly we do this the better; but you must not reject grace because of your sins.
Be Something and Stand For It “God’s truth is too plain to have a thousand opinions about doctrine. Let us find out what God teaches, and believe it, and tell the people. I expect to get the respect of every citizen in this city, not by siding in with everybody, but by being a man – a man of God, and that is what I want you all to be.
One of the key teachings of the Bible – Old and New Testaments both – is the Fall, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God. The penalty of that “original sin” was that death entered into the world. All the terrible things suffered by you and I and all the creation come as the result of that one act. “But God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
You’re not the only Christian who’s found himself or herself the recipient of hatred or scorn. “Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you,” says the Apostle John (1 John 3:13). The servant is not above the Master. Yet it can still shock us when someone whom we thought was a lifelong friend separates from us out of their hatred for Christ.
Martin Luther - often discussed but too seldom read (the sermons are key) - has something to say on this topic.
…through Thy Son, Jesus Christ, the sick can again rise…
A Prayer for The Sick O Heavenly Father, we thank Thee in this morning hour that though sin has come into the world and is bound by Thine own law to bring the body down to death, that Thou art the Word of Life, and that through Thy Son, Jesus Christ, the sick can again rise, and that through Him, those that have sinned may have forgiveness.
The whole spirit of the Word…
“The whole spirit of the Word of Christ, one chief work of the Holy Ghost, and the gravest responsibility and deepest joy of those who confess Christ, is to bear witness to the truth as it is in Christ Jesus.”
From The Confessional Principle by Theodore Schmauk, Chapter 4.
If past sins accuse you, with the Savior you can face them calmly, even the unmentionable, black transgressions you hardly dare admit…
“All else must fail; yet when your soul craves rest, you can find peace – and may God’s Spirit help you believe this truth! – in the Lord Jesus! If past sins accuse you, with the Savior you can face them calmly, even the unmentionable, black transgressions you hardly dare admit, yet which, as your letters show, you must confess.