15 November 2012

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Personal honor is a seed of the serpent; when the devil sows it in one's heart, one does not readily notice how destructive it is. However, once the seed is cultivated, nourished, and bears fruit, it reveals itself. For it gives rise to arrogance, envy, contempt, hatred, strife, yea, finally even to willful disobedience. Here we see why the serpent was so intent on luring our first parents into seeking their own honor.—Blessed Johann Gerhard, Postilla II:233.

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