June 20

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Everywhere love turns, it finds burdens to carry and ways to help.  Love is the law of Christ.  To love means to wish another person good from the heart.  It means to seek what is best for the other person.

What if there were no one who made a mistake?  What if no one fell?  What if no one needed help?  To whom would you show love?  To whom could you show favor?  Whose best could you seek?  Love would not be able to exist if there were no people who made mistakes and sinned.  The philosophers say that each of these people is the appropriate and adequate “object” of love or the “material” with which love has to work.

The sinful nature—or the kind of love that is really lust—wants others to wish it well and to give it what it desires.  In other words, it seeks its own interests.  The “material” it works with is a righteous, holy, godly, and good person.  People who follow this sinful nature completely reverse God’s teaching.  They want others to bear their burdens, serve them, and carry them.  These are the kind of people who despise having uneducated, useless, angry, foolish, troublesome, and gloomy people as their life companions.  Instead, they look for friendly, charming, good-natured, quiet, and holy people.  They want to live, not on earth, but in paradise; not among sinners, but among angels; not n the world, but in heaven.  We should feel sorry for these people, because they are receiving their reward here on earth and possessing their heaven in this life.

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand (Audio CD)

In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, Here I Stand, marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world. In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms; Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther’s stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.

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