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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bible Passage:1 Peter 3:8

To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

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To be compassionate is that one should make himself a sharer with another, and have a heart to feel his neighbor's necessity.  When misfortune overtakes him you are not to think: Ah! it is right, it is no more than he should have, he has well deserved it.  Where there is love, it identifies itself with its neighbor; and when it goes ill with him, the heart feels it as though it were its own experience.  But to be brotherly (affectionate as brethren) is this much, that one should regard another as his brother.  So ought we, as Christians, to act; for we are all brethren by baptism.  This is what St. Peter would say, that we should conduct ourselves one toward another like those that are truly friends by blood, as with them the whole heart is moved, the life, the pulse, and all the powers; so here, also, the course should be full of pity, the heart should be thoroughly undivided.  Kindhearted is that we lead outwardly a gentle, pleasing, lovely behavior ó not merely that we should sympathize one with another, as a father and mother for their childóbut also that we should walk in love and gentleness one with another.  There are some men rough and knotty, like a tree full of knots, so uncivil that no one will readily have anything to do with them.  But there are gentle people, who interpret all for the best, and are not suspicious, do not permit themselves to be soon irritated, and can put the best construction on any act.  This virtue St. Paul names 'Christ-like', as it is often praised by Him.

Ever be near our side.
Our Shepherd and our Guide,
Our Staff and Song;
Jesus, Thou Christ of God,
By Thine enduring Word,
Lead us where Thou hast trod,
Make our faith strong.

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

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