Luther: Faith Great Or Small Is Still Faith

Thus we see that Christ does not make a distinction between those who are weak and strong in faith and rejects no one, for small faith is also faith, and if it only continues, it will always become stronger. Christ came into the world to receive, support, and endure the weak. If He were as impatient as we are, and He were to say to us quickly: “Go away from Me; I do not want you, for you do not believe as you ought”—who could be helped by Him? It is a great skill, however, to be able to deal gently with the weak, not quickly hitting them over the head and impatiently driving them away. Even if they are not strong today, it can happen in an hour that they grasp the Word more abundantly than we who imagine that we are strong.

Martin Luther | A Year in the Gospels with Martin Luther (p. 1022). Concordia Publishing. Kindle Edition.


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Posted by Tony Phelps | Friday, December 1, 2023 | Categorized Faith, Gospel, HeidelQuotes, Martin Luther | Tagged Bookmark the permalink.

About Tony Phelps

Tony grew up in Rhode Island. He was educated at BA (University of Rhode Island) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He worked in the insurance industry for ten years. He planted a PCA church in Wakefield, RI where he served for eleven years. In 2015–18 he pastored Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Colorado Springs. He is currently pastor of Living Hope (OPC). Tony is married to Donna and together they have three children. Meet all the Heidelberg contributors»


  1. How wonderful. It’s what I tell people struggling. That all true faith is faith big or small. As a matter of fact, those with a strong faith are to serve those with weak faith.


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