On friends, visitors and strangers …

Hours of prayer“Friends are thieves of time. And if friends are thieves of time, what shall outsiders, strangers, and those less familiar be? Nevertheless, here you will have need of great wisdom and care, lest, if you avoid too much the companionship of men, you fall into the society of evil spirits, or on the other hand, consorting too much with them, you are trampled by swine. Therefore when God calls you – when it is necessary to serve, counsel, and speak with your neighbour when his salvation or other necessity requires it – then no law nor rule, no matter what institution you may belong to, dare keep you from it. All laws, even the rule of prayer and holding services, must give place to love. But when you are not called do not force yourself upon anybody, lest you begin to desire to gain the world and then suffer detriment to your soul.” (Martin Luther quoted in Dobberstein, 277) 

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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