Sunday, October 12, 2008

Martin Luther writes to his dear friend Jerome Weller (July, 1530) to console him regarding a bout of depression, "Whenever the devil pesters you with these thoughts, at once seek out the company of men, drink more, joke and jest, or engage in some other form of merriment. Sometimes it is necessary to drink a little more, play, jest, or even commit some sin in defiance and contempt of the devil in order not to give him an opportunity to make us scrupulous about trifles. We shall be overcome in we worry too much about falling into some sin."

Taken from Luther: Letter of Spiritual Counsel, translated and edited by Theodore G. Tappert

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