Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Faith Alone by Martin Luther

Carry Each Other's Burdens
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6:2

Everywhere love turns, it finds burdens to carry and ways to help. Love is the law of Christ. To love means to wish another person good from the heart. It means to seek what is best for the other person.

What if there were no one who made a mistake? What if no one fell? What if no one needed help? To whom would you show love? To whom could you show favor? Whose best could you seek? Love would not be able to exist if there were no people who made mistakes and sinned. The philosophers say that each of these people is the appropriate and adequate "object" of love or the "material" with which love has to work.

The sinful nature—or the kind of love that is really lust— wants others to wish it well and to give it what it desires. In other words, it seeks its own interests. The "material" it works with is a righteous, holy, godly, and good person. People who follow this sinful nature completely reverse God's teaching. They want others to bear their burdens, serve them, and carry them. These are the kind of people who despise having uneducated, useless, angry, foolish, troublesome, and gloomy people as their life companions. Instead, they look for friendly, charming, good-natured, quiet, and holy people. They want to live, not on earth, but in paradise; not among sinners, but among angels; not in the world, but in heaven. We should feel sorry for these people, because they are receiving their reward here on earth and possessing their heaven in this life.

From Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional by Martin Luther, James C. Galvin. ©2005 by Zondervan. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced without written permission from Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49530. Sent from the Martin Luther's Faith Alone Devotional. For devotionals like this one for your iPhone, visit us at

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