De Profundis Clamavi ad Te, Domine

the-arnolfini-marriage-jan-van-eyckFrom Luther’s Church Postil, Sermon on the Second Sunday after Epiphany on the Wedding at Cana (John 2):
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“Since then marriage has the foundation and consolation, that it is instituted by God and that God loves it, and that Christ himself so honors and comforts it, everybody ought to prize and esteem it, and the heart ought to be glad, that it is surely the state God loves and cheerfully endure every burden in it, even though the burdens be ten times heavier than they are. For this is the reason there is so much care and unpleasantness in marriage to the outward man, because everything that is God’s Word and work, if it is to be blessed at all, must be distasteful, bitter, and burdensome to the outward man.

On this account marriage is a state that cultivates and exercises faith in God and love to our neighbor…

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