01 December 2020

Gerhard and Walther

That, then, is why the greatest sadness and heart-anguish among the damned will ultimately consist of this: By their evil deeds they with such crassness had kindled God’s anger and offended God the Lord, the highest Good, from whom they in this life received nothing but good.—Johann Gerhard, Schola Pietatis I:35.

Oh, may our whole life be such a constant “Hosanna” and a spreading of palm branches on the path before Christ. If we remain in this mind until we die, it will be well with us! On the terrible Judgment Day, when the books are opened, we will discover to our amazement, that He entered into our account everything good—even our humblest works—that we did in faith for His kingdom.—C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It!, p. 14.

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