‘The joy, the comfort, and the blessing of the New Testament is this: We learn the benefits Christ offers us and why we need him. Out of this root grow love and delight, praise and thanksgiving to Christ and to the Father of all mercy. This makes for free, joyful, and brave Christians, whose love causes them to fight against sin, and gladly repent. But those who would hide our sin from us and make it out to be merely a weakness, lull us into a false security, make us lazy and sullen, take Christ from us, and allow us to go on without fear and without care concerning the eradication of our sin. If we become callous in such horrible presumption we shall relish neither Christ nor God. God preserve us from this presumption and save all those now caught in it. Amen.’

Luther’s Works, vol. 32, pp .28-29

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