Martin Luther on temptation
Young fellows are tempted by girls, men who are thirty years old are tempted by gold, when they are forty years old they are tempted by honor and glory, and those who are sixty years old say to themselves, “What a pious man I have become”!
Martin Luther, excerpt from Table Talk (1566), in A Reformation Reader, edited by Denis R. Janz, (Fortress, 1999), 78. [Also LW vol 54, no. 1601]
A prayer on receiving the Lord’s Supper
“Lord, it is true that I am not worthy that you should come under my roof. Yet I am in need and desire your help and grace. So I come with no other plea except that I have heard the gracious invitation to come to your altar. I am unworthy, but you have assured me I shall have forgiveness of all sins through your body and blood which I eat and drink in this sacrament. Amen, dear Lord; your word is true. I do not doubt it. Let happen to me whatever you say. Amen.”
Martin Luther (citation data coming)
Martin Luther on the Eighth Commandment
You are not to bear false witness against your neighbor.
What is this? Answer:
We are to fear God, so that we do not tell lies about our neighbors, betray or slander them, or destroy their reputations. Instead we are to come to their defense, speak well of them, and interpret everything they do in the best possible light.
Martin Luther, from The Small Catechism, (1529).