Löhe on 1.Peter 3:8

brotherhood-alliance2Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. (1Pe 3:8 NIV)

These lovely words serve us well as a mirror to reflect how we are and how we should be. These words describe Jesus Christ’s members and how they should be towards one another. They should be of one mind, desiring and avoiding the same, judging all things in the light of the gospel and filled with the same Spirit and will. If people are of one mind, but fail in being sympathetic, then their lives remain miserable. This word describes the manner of being compassionate and caring. You need a soul that is sensitive and understanding for that. Thirdly you need brotherly love. This presupposes a common lineage and heritage, which binds together in an indissoluble togetherness and even unity. Compassion and humility add even more to this wonderful fellowship and brotherhood amongst Christians. If these virtues determine life, then the glory of God is reflected therein.

Lord Jesus Christ: Grant that we put off the old sinful version of ourselves and give us your Holy Spirit that we be clothed with your holy being and thus renewed by your grace and virtue. Take all that hinders and keeps us from you and grant us all that would promote us towards you. Create us to be people subject to your will and living according to your ordinances and mandates. Live in us and work your good in us for your love’s sake. Amen.  

He is to grow, so that in our pilgrimage he’s more and more visible and I elected by his grace am prepared likewise to be his child and heir more and more.

His hands I kiss since he has graciously fulfilled his promises to me and remember sadly that my own ways had just caused damage and sinful hurt. Yet by grace he saved me!

He’s growing and joy, peace, liberty and life too. Eternally with us, he takes us forward step by step and brings us home to see, what we have been hoping for all along.

He’s growing, so that in our pilgrimage he’s more and more visible and for his sake others too will follow in his narrow ways – going home to be where we belong.  (Hedwig von Redern, geb 1866)

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for the fifth Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 250 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu!   (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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