18 June 2021

Gerhard and Walther

When God says in the First Commandment, I am the Lord you God; you shall have no other gods next to Me, He thus also among other things requires from us patience. For as we acknowledge God the Lord as our Lord God, we most certainly shall also patiently receive and accept everything that He sends to us from His hand.—Johann Gerhard, Schola Pietatis III:170.

Whoever has true love directs his love not only at those who love him and do good to him, but, like Christ, also at his enemies, the children of the world who carry hatred and resentment in their hearts. Whoever has true love makes no distinctions among people and considers love to be a debt he daily pays to all of his brothers according to the flesh.—C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It!, p. 513.

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