Luther on Spiritual Healing

“People who have gone through spiritual trials know how necessary it is to support their heart with a sure and strong comfort that will finally bring them back to the hope of grace and help them to forget wrath.  Often a single day or a single month is insufficient for this purpose; but just as the alleviation of sickness requires a long time, so these wounds of the heart are not cured at once or by a single word.  Since God is aware of this, He tries in various ways to bring back the frightened heart to a sure hope of grace. He even finds fault with Himself by speaking to His heart, just as in Jer. 18:8, where He promises that He will repent of the evil He has in mind, provided that they, too, repent.” Martin Luther, Lectures on Genesis, in Luther’s Works, vol. 2, p. 118.

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