Monday, September 26, 2011

More From Dietrich Bonhoeffer



  • You have granted me many blessings; let me also accept what is hard from your hand. Prayers from Prison
  • The first call which every Christian experiences is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. The Cost of Discipleship
  • Earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time they are the very source of anxiety. The Cost of Discipleship
  • In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give; life can be rich only with such realization. Letters and Papers from Prison
  • Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others, we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as ourselves. The Cost of Discipleship
  • I can no longer condemn or hate a brother [or sister] for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me is transformed through intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died. Life Together
  • We have learned a bit too late in the day that action springs not from thought but from a readiness for responsibility. Letters and Papers from Prison
  • Our enemies are those who harbor hostility against us, not those against whom we cherish hostility… As a Christian I am called to treat my enemy as a brother and to meet hostility with love. My behavior is thus determined not by the way others treat me, but by the treatment I receive from Jesus. The Cost of Discipleship
  • In a world where success is the measure and justification of all things, the figure of him who was sentenced and crucified remains a stranger. Ethics
  • The believer is neither a pessimist nor an optimist. To be either is illusory. The believer sees reality not in a certain light but as it is, and believes only in God and God’s power towards all and over all that is seen. (in No Rusty Swords)
  • There is no way to peace along the way to safety. For peace must be dared. It is the great venture. Address at Fano
  • The followers of Christ have been called to peace. . . . And they must not only have peace but also make it. And to that end they renounce all violence and tumult. In the cause of Christ nothing is to be gained by such methods. . . . His disciples keep the peace by choosing to endure suffering themselves rather than inflict it on others. They maintain fellowship where others would break it off. They renounce hatred and wrong. In so doing they over-come evil with good, and establish the peace of God in the midst of a world of war and hate. The Cost of Discipleship

1 comment:

  1. I needed to read these this week. Thank you, Pastor Booth.

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