August 25

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Galatians 6:1

This passage gives us a very serious warning.  It’s meant to restrain the severity of those who don’t help or console those who have fallen into sin.  Augustine says, “There is no sin committed by a person which could not also be committed by someone else.”  We are always walking on a slippery path.  It’s very easy to fall off if we become proud or get out of line.  “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

David was a holy man, full of faith and of the Spirit of God.  He received glorious promises from God and did great things for God.  But he fell in such a shameful way.  After successfully enduring many trials that God used to test him, and even though he was advanced in age, he was carried away by the passion of youth.  If this could happen to such a man as David, how can we ever take for granted our own ability to remain steady?  Through this example, God shows us our own weakness so that we will not exalt ourselves but stand in fear.  God also shows us his judgment.  He finds nothing more intolerable than pride, whether against him or against a brother or sister.  So Paul does not uselessly say, “Watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”

Those who have faced temptations know how important this is.  Some haven’t so they don’t understand what Paul is saying, and they lack compassion for those who have fallen.

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand (Audio CD)

 

In the late afternoon ofApril 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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