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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 6, 2017

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FRIDAY, October 6

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them.

In The Freedom of a Christian, reformer Martin Luther uses today’s passage to describe the nature of Christian freedom: “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.” These statements seem entirely contradictory—to be free and to be a servant. But for Luther and Paul, love is the foundational truth that untangles the contradiction, making sense of both statements at the same time.

Luther maintains Christians are radically free because they can do nothing to earn salvation. There is no code of conduct revealed only to some. Salvation is a pure gift through faith, given to sinners from God’s abundance. God interrupts our world to extend this gift of salvation—even when we have been God’s enemies and enslaved by darkness—because God is love.

The new person in Christ, set free through the gift of God, now lives for the sake of all—called into love, by love, to be love.

MOVING FORWARD: Practicing gratitude is an important way to keep our hearts and minds healthy. How can you practice gratitude today?

PRAY for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia

Today the Church remembers William Tyndale, Translator of the Bible, 1536.

Ps 102 * 107:1-32 | 2 Kings 19:1-20 | 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 | Matthew 8:1-17



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