Though everything be taken from a Christian, he uses the occasion only to improve himself the more, and his faith constantly grows and increases and so rules his heart that neither wealth nor poverty trouble him nor make him either sad or joyful.  He is not the happier for being wealthy and having money and possessions; nor is he the sadder for being poor.  Whether one lashes or lauds him is all the same to him.  This serenity is caused by the spirit he has.  It is the cheerful, firm faith with which he clings to God...There is something very grand about a Christian, something inexpressibly great.

What Luther Says, para #691, p. 232.

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