Take the High Road

Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in His kindness.
ROMANS 11:22
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Take the High Road
The Pharisee cannot lay claim to salvation because of his presumptuousness; nor can David or the robber lay claim to destruction because of his despair. But one should take the royal road, and sin should be shunned. For although God has promised pardon, as Augustine says, yet He does not promise that you will be sure to return after a fall. Thus Saul and Judas do not return. It is not in our power to take hold of grace; nor do you know whether you are able to accept the remission that is offered. Therefore one should fear God. He hates both presumption and despair.

From Lectures on Genesis (Luther's Works 8:329)
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