Monday, March 7, 2016

Devotion 3.8.16

March 8               Talk with Your Hands 

You’ve seen people who talk with their hands, literally. The Deaf use sign language to communicate what’s on their mind and heart. Most people use their hands, again literally, to gesture, to emphasize the words they’re speaking.  

Faith is like a hand, not literally but figuratively, a “hand” that reaches out to hold onto Jesus Christ. “The merit of Christ’s suffering is not communicated to us, unless we grasp it by faith” (Lutheran Confessions, Apology IV, 390). This “hand” of faith “grasps” all the promises Jesus makes to us. Talk with your “hands”; let your grasp on the promises show in all you do! “We cannot but speak of what we have heard and seen” (Acts 4:20). 

Martin Luther: “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times. This is the work which the Holy Spirit performs in faith.  Because of it, without compulsion, a person is ready and glad to do good to everyone, to serve everyone, to suffer everything, out of love and praise to God who has shown him this grace” (Preface to the Romans).
CTRL+ALT+DEL: “Lord, give us such a faith as this!” Amen.

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