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The Narrow Path

MEDITATION:

Written by Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German priest, theologian, author, and hymn writer who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. This is an excerpt from his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.

The life of a Christian is hard as if he were walking on a narrow path, in fact, on nothing but razors. Beneath us in the world is the devil, who is continually snapping at us with his jaws in order to bring on impatience, despair, and murmuring against God. In addition, the world is advancing on us, and it refuses to yield to us or to let us pass. And around our neck lies our own flesh. Thus, we are hemmed in on every side. The way itself is so narrow that it would be difficult enough even if there were no dangers or obstacles in the way. Nevertheless, we have to go through or become the property of the world and the devil. Think about this and guide yourself accordingly. If you want to be a Christian, then be one. It will never be any different. You will never make the way any wider…But let this be your comfort: first, that God is standing next to you; and second, that after you have gone through, you will enter a beautiful and wide room.

PRAYER:

Written by Joyce Meyer, a contemporary speaker, teacher, and writer.

Father, help me to choose the narrow path today—in my thoughts, with my words, and through my actions. When my feelings rise up and I’m tempted to take the broad path, please strengthen me by Your Spirit and help me to make wise decisions I will be happy with later. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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