Do Not Despair

We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
2 CORINTHIANS 6:1
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Do Not Despair
It is also a source of great comfort to us to see that even the greatest and best saints sin grievously against God and that we are not the only poor, miserable sinners. We observe that they, too, were human, that they had flesh and blood as we do, and now we, too, must not despair, even though we fall into sin. If only we do not defect from the kingdom of grace through false doctrine and superstition! . . . I remain the kingdom of grace when I do not despair of God's mercy . . ..

From Lectures on Jonah (Luther's Works 19:47)
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