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Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Tuesday 21 May 2013 at 4:59 pm.

20 May

Whoever looks at a woman and lusts after her, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Matthew 5:28.

If no other works were commanded other than chastity, we all would have our hands full with just that one. Unchasteness is such a dangerous, threatening beanpole; for it rages in every member; in the heart with thoughts, in the eyes with sight, in the ears with sounds, in the mouth with words; in hands, feet and the entire body with deeds. Every saint has lamented and wept over this. If the deed of chastity is to survive, then it calls for many other good works, for fasting and moderation against excessive eating and drinking, for alertness and early rising against laziness and oversleeping, for labor and weariness against idleness. For gluttony, drunkenness, too much sleeping, laziness and idleness are the weapons of unchasteness. However the strongest weaponry against all these is the Word of God and prayer, so that whenever the wicked lust arises in a person, he should flee to pray, call upon God's grace and help, ponder the gospel and therein view Christ's suffering. Thus Psalm 137 says: Happy is he who grabs the young ones from Babylon and smashes them against a rock[v.9]; i.e., when the heart with its wicked thoughts, while they are still young and in infancy, runs to Christ the Rock with them, on Whom it grinds and crushes them.


I translated this  up to "Ps. 137" this morning, left the computer in pain for lunch, napped, lost it on the computer, had to re-translate it this afternoon - the blessing is that I chopped up the sentences and  probably translated it better.  This verse exposes all of us for the sinners that we are.  I flee to God's Word and prayer.  Welcome to my club. No deeds, you say??? How about words and thoughts

In Christ,

E. H.

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