“I myself have now been preaching and cultivating it [Grace] through reading and writing for almost twenty years and still I feel the old clinging dirt of wanting to deal so with God that I may contribute something, so that he will have to give me his grace in exchange for my holiness. Still I cannot get it into my head that I should surrender myself completely to sheer grace; yet [I know that] this is what I should and must do.”

Martin Luther, Sermon on the Sum of the Christian Life, LW 284

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