8 Trinity – Sunday


Daily Devotional Materials

for the

Week of the

Eighth Sunday after Trinity

– Sunday –



Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

who forgiveth all thine iniquities. – Psalm 103:2-3.


Christendom, the one holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, God’s chosen people, those who through true faith in Jesus Christ have become His dear children, this Christendom, and each and every member of it, possesses something daily in rich abundance that is better than anything there is, and which cannot be procured or purchased with any deed man may do, or any treasure in the world: forgiveness of sins. Dr. Luther says in his Small Catechism: “In which Christian Church He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers.” And the Holy Ghost prompts every Christian to say these words, these words of praise and rejoicing: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits : who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” Truly, this forgiveness of sins is better than all the treasures of the world. If God would not forgive us our sins, we should be lost. If but one single sin were not forgiven us by God, we should be lost. But God forgives us, us Christians, all our sins, and He does this daily and richly. Daily He takes us to His fatherly bosom and forgives us all our sins in an overabundance of grace. And hence we also have life and salvation. For where there is forgiveness of sins, there is also life and salvation. Since we have received forgiveness of sins, yes, because our sins are being forgiven every day, every curse and every punishment is far removed from us, and blissfully and peacefully do we rest in the bosom of God and await eternal life, which He will surely give us. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” This is most certainly true.

PRAYER. – O Thou gracious God and Father, how shall I properly thank and praise Thee? That is more than I can do. But, O Lord, I rejoice that by Thy Word and the Holy Spirit Thou hast made me member of the noble and blessed order of those to whom Thou daily and richly forgives all sins for Christ’s sake. Now I, a poor sinner, have peace and shall be saved. Abba, Father, let me at all times, and wherever I may be, belong to this Christian Church.  Amen.

But love and grace with Thee prevail,
O God, our sins forgiving;
The best and holiest deeds must fail
Of all before Thee living;
Before Thee none can boasting stand,
But all must fear Thy strict demand,
And live alone by mercy.

Hymn 415, 2 (ELHB)


Bible Readings


Romans 8:12-17
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.


Matthew 7:15-23
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


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