"I believe that just a man who has sinned trusts with the greatest difficulty in the mercy of God, so the sin which lies heavily upon him as a burden forces him to despair and he is prone to think much more about the wrath than the mercy of God. On the other hand, before he has sinned he is prone to think much more abot mercy than wrath. Man does everything the wrong way. He is afraid when he should not be afraid but hopeful, that is, after he has sinned. Beofre he has sinned he is confident, when he should not be confident but afraid." Martin Luther (Career of the Reformer I Luther's Works American Edition) Can anyone relate?