St. John's Lutheran
All...is a Gift From God!!
Romans 1:18-23 New International Version
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Monday - May 3
Luther: “Look at the order and the various levels of perdition… The first level is ingratitude, or the omission of gratitude… Self-satisfaction is responsible for this, for it takes pleasure in things received as though they were not received at all, and it leaves the Giver out of consideration.” In his explanation of the 1st article of the Apostles’ Creed Luther contrasts this lack of gratitude with true faith that says: “I hold and believe that I am God’s creature, that is, the he has given me and constantly sustains my body, soul, and life, my members great and small, all my senses, my reason and understanding, and the like; my food and drink, clothing, nourishment, spouse and children, servants, house and farm, etc.” (Notice how even what we think we earn or contribute is ALL a gift from God).