Only Two Places


For sin has only two places where it can be:
it is either with you, so that it lies on your shoulders,
or it lies upon Christ, the Lamb of God.
And if it lies on your back, you are lost,
but if it rests on Christ, you are free and blessed.
Chose then, and take which you will…

–Martin Luther

Next to the Gospel


To have peace and love
in a marriage is a gift
that is next to the knowledge
of the gospel.

–Martin Luther

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A Powerful Secret


Meeting God


Beyond Comprehension

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The slender capacity
of man’s heart
cannot comprehend
the unfathomable depth
and burning zeal of
God’s love toward us.

–Martin Luther

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Gift of righteousness

At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith. Here I felt as if I were entirely born again and had entered paradise itself through the gates that had been flung open.

–Martin Luther

Joy and danger


Forgiveness of sins,
ought to make you rejoice;
this is the very heart of Christianity,
and yet it is a mighty dangerous
thing to preach.

–Martin Luther
Table Talk

Something to forgive

Luther and Melanchthon 1

Martin Luther’s close friend was Philipp Melanchthon, author of the Augsburg Confession. Melanchthon was a cool man where Luther was fervid, a scholar as opposed to a doer, and he continued to live like a monk even after he had joined the German Reformation . . . One day Luther lost patience with Melanchthon’s virtuous reserve. “For heaven’s sake,” he roared, “why don’t you go out and sin a little? God deserves to have something to forgive you for!”

–Phyliss McGinley

Faith and love


The whole being of any Christian
is Faith and Love . . .
Faith brings the man to God,
love brings him to men.

–Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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God’s good gifts

“All the creatures of God are good, if they be received with thanksgiving.” This text shows, that what God has made is good. Now eating, drinking, marrying, etc., are of God’s making, therefore they are good. Yet . . . the primitive fathers are against this text: for St. Bernard, Basil, Jerome, and others have written far otherwise of the same. But I prefer the Text before them all.

–Martin Luther, Table Talk

Feast forever

And yet the love of the Son of God for us is of such magnitude that the greater the filth and stench of our sins, the more He befriends us. For how amazing it is that the Son of God becomes my servant, that He humbles Himself so, that He encumbers Himself with my misery and sin. . . .

He says to me: “You are no longer a sinner, but I am. I am your substitute. You have not sinned, but I have. The entire world is in sin. However, you are not in sin; but I am. All your sins are to rest on Me and not on you.”

No one can comprehend this. In yonder life our eyes will feast forever on this love of God.

–Martin Luther

The Glow of Love

God himself is Love; his Being is nothing but pure love, so that if one would paint God and secure a likeness he would have to achieve a picture that is all pure Love, as if the divine nature were nothing but a furnace and glow of Love that fills heaven and earth.

–Martin Luther

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The same message

Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it.

–Martin Luther

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Hang on to the nails

The German reformer, Martin Luther, said we all carry in our pockets the nails that crucified Christ. Check your pockets and be reminded they are there. Legalism or spiritual to-do lists generate very little motivation, but nails work real well. Hang on to the nails.

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Accepting joy

“Rejoice, O young man in thy youth and let thy heart be of good cheer . . . “

Joy and good humour in honor and seemliness is the best medicine for a young man, yea for all men. I who have hitherto spent my life in mourning and sadness, now seek and accept joy wherever I can find it.

–Martin Luther

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God likes it when you laugh

It is pleasing to God
whenever you rejoice or laugh
from the bottom of your heart.

–Martin Luther

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What God does not forbid

And what God does not forbid but leaves free that must remain free to everyone; and no one is to be obeyed who forbids what God has left free. Rather it is the duty of everyone to fight against such prohibitions with words and deeds, and to do the think in a spirit of defiance.

–Martin Luther

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