Sound Advice From Luther

“Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of it’s own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and trust in the righteousness of Christ.  For in our age the temptation to presumption besets many…They try to do good of themselves in order that they might stand before God clothed in their own virtues and merits.  But this is impossible… Therefore, my dear friar, learn Christ and Him crucified. Learn to praise Him, and despairing of yourself, say, “Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, just as I am Your sin. You have taken upon Yourself what is mine and have given to me what is Yours.  You have taken upon Yourself what You were not and have given to me what I was not…for why was it necessary for Him to die if we can obtain a good conscience by our own works and afflictions?  Accordingly you will find peace only when you despair of yourself and your own works.  Besides, you will learn from Him that just as He has recieved you, so He has made your sins His own and made His righteouness yours”.

-Martin Luther, From a letter to George Spenlein

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