Unwavering Belief

He is not ashamed to call them brothers, saying, "I will tell of Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing Your praise."
HEBREWS 2:11-12
Unwavering Belief
Therefore, even though your own unworthiness hits you in the head when you should pray, and you think: "My sins are too great! I worry that I cannot be Christ's brother," strike out and defend yourself as best you can from giving way to these thoughts. Here you are in great danger of the sin against the Holy Spirit. Confidently and boldly you should answer the devil's suggestions: "I know very well what I am, and you do not need to tell or teach me that, for it is not your business to judge about that. Therefore, go away, you lying spirit, for I should not and will not listen to you. But here is my Lord Christ, God's only Son, who died for me and rose from the dead. He tells me that all my sins are forgotten and that He now wants to be my Brother and that I in turn should be His brother. He wants me to believe this from my heart without any wavering."

From the Church Postil, sermon for Easter on Mark 16:1-8 (Luther's Works 77:31)
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