Pastor Weedon, the chaplain at the International Center for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod made a profound statement – “it is a fearful thing to love that which can die”. The human predicament is just that. The wages of sin is death and we by necessity love what must die, even if it is only ourselves. A different view of life is from Luther.
“The first commandment of God places our children and posterity under the protection and promise of God, since God Himself says: “And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me and keep My commandments” [Ex. 20: 6]. These exalted, comforting words of the Divine Majesty we properly believe. And even if our faith is weak, nevertheless we give God the glory that what He says and promises He will accomplish.”