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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bible Passage:Gal 6:4

But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

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Pride is an odious and cursed vice; it is the occasion of all manner of evils, and troubles many consciences.  And especially in spiritual matters it is such an evil that it is incurable.  The Apostle here speaks especially of the work of the ministry, and inveighs against those proud heads, who with their fantastical opinions trouble well-instructed consciences.  And this is the property of those who are infected with this poison of pride: they have no regard whether their works, that is to say, their ministry, be pure, simple, and faithful, or not; but this only they seek, that they may have the praise of the people.  These proud and egotistical teachers join these three vices together: They are greedy of glory; they are marvelously witty and wily in finding fault with other men's doings and sayings, thereby to purchase the love, good will, and praise of the people; and when they have once gotten a name (though it be by other men's travail) , they become so full of their own conceit, that they dare venture upon all things.  He that truly and faithfully executes his office cares not what the world says of him, whether the world praise or disparage him: but he has praise in himself, which is the testimony of his conscience, and the praise or glory which is of God.  This glory is incorruptible and steadfast; for it does not depend on other men's judgments, but of our own consciences, which bear us witness that we have taught the Word purely, ministered the Sacraments rightly, and have done all things well, and therefore it cannot be taken from us.


So may they live to Thee alone;
Then hear the welcome word, "Well done!"
And take their crown above;
Enter into their Master's joy,
And all eternity employ
In praise, and bliss, and love.

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
To be Lutheran is to be Christian -- and Vice Versa!


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