The Greatest Trial — A Quote by Martin Luther

“This is the most dangerous trial of all, when there is no trial and every thing goes well; for then a man is tempted to forget God, to become too bold and to misuse times of prosperity.” 

Martin Luther

For more quotes by Martin Luther see these posts:

Martin Luther on Death and a New Beginning

A Thought From Martin Luther

Bear One Another’s Burdens by Martin Luther


Martin Luther on How to Respond to a Pandemic

The people who were alive during the time of Martin Luther also faced a pandemic — it came in the form of a plague called The Black Death and it decimated whole communities.  Here’s what Luther had to say about how we should react — it’s off the monthly topic, but certainly pertinent:

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

From a letter to Rev. Dr. John Hess, found in Luther’s Works Vol. 43

For more quotes by Martin Luther see these posts:

Martin Luther on Sin

Martin Luther on God’s Victory Over Death

Martin Luther Quote on the Psalms #2


Martin Luther on Charity #2

“Christian life consists of faith and charity”

Martin Luther

For more Martin Luther quotes see these posts:

Martin Luther –Relax a Little!

Bear One Another’s Burdens by Martin Luther

Martin Luther on Serving Others

Martin Luther on Charity

“As concerning faith we ought to be invincible, and more hard, if it might be, than the adamant stone;  but as to charity we ought to be soft, more flexible than the reed or leaf that it shaken with the wind, and ready to yield to anything.”

Martin Luther

For more quotes my Martin Luther go to these posts:

Martin Luther on Love

Martin Luther on Growing Our Gifts

Martin Luther on Joy


Martin Luther on Preachers as Shepherds

“A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd.  He must nourish, defend and teach;  he must have teeth in his mouth and be able to bite and fight.”

Martin Luther

For other quotes by Martin Luther go to these posts:

Martin Luther on Heavenly Blessings

Martin Luther on Tribulation

Living Amid Beginnings & Endings by Martin Luther

It’s Hard to be Humble!

“True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.”
Martin Luther
I guess this means we cannot decide to be humble!
For other quotes by Martin Luther, see these posts:

Are You Giving Thanks for the Right Things?

Take a look at your own heart, and you will soon find out what has stuck to it and where your treasure is. It is easy to determine whether hearing the Word of God, living according to it, and achieving such a life gives you as much enjoyment and calls forth as much diligence from you as does accumulating and saving money and property.

Martin Luther

Other quotes by Martin Luther:

Martin Luther on Marriage #4

Martin Luther on Love

Martin Luther on Obedience

Martin Luther on Prayer

“All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired, although not in the hour or in the measure, or the very thing which they ask;  yet they will obtain something greater and more glorious than they had dared to ask.”

Martin Luther

More about prayer from Martin Luther:

A Good Prayer to Start the Day by Martin Luther

A Prayer by Martin Luther

Martin Luther on Praying for One Another

Martin Luther –Relax a Little!

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We are conquered if we try too conscientiously not to sin at all. So when the devil says to you: do not drink, answer him: I will drink, and right freely, just because you tell me not to.”
Martin Luther

Sin Boldly?

I found this quote by Jean Nicolas Grou in my devotional reading.  Grou was a Roman Catholic mystic and writer.  Do you think this is what Martin Luther meant when he said, “Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and trust in Christ even more boldly”?  We should never hold back from doing good

“If God requires anything of us, we have no right to draw back under the pretext that we are liable to commit some fault in obeying.  It is better to obey imperfectly than not at all.  Perhaps you ought to rebuke some one dependent on you, but you are silent for fear of giving way to vehemence;–or you avoid the society of certain persons, because they make you cross and impatient.  How are you to attain self-control, if you shun all occasions or practicing it?  Is not such self-choosing a greater fault than those into which you fear to fall?  Aim at a steady mind to do right, go ahead wherever duty calls you, and believe firmly that God will forgive the faults that take our weakness by surprise in spite of our sincere desire to please Him.

For other posts on the topic of duty follow these links:

What is My Duty?

Old Tale– New Take