Living each day

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There remains for us only the very narrow way, often extremely difficult to find, of living every day as though it were our last, and yet living in faith and responsibility as though there were to be a great future.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(1906-1945)

More than sin management

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Being a Christian is less
about cautiously avoiding sin
than about courageously
and actively doing
God’s will.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(1906 – 1945)

Negation or celebration?

In a break with the mystical heritage of the church, [Dietrich] Bonhoeffer maintained that Christianity involves not the negation of earthly desires but their celebration and sanctification.

Sin is not the natural but the unnatural, not
the human but the inhuman.

Whereas in his earlier writings he portrayed the things on earth as temptations and snares leading us to forgetfulness of God, he now regarded them as welcome gifts from God, since they serve human preservation and happiness. He even claimed that God can be found in earthly bliss as well as in the church…

Sin is not only an affront to God
but a putting down of humanity.

Sin is, in the last analysis, inhumanity, and salvation is the realization of true humanity…

–Donald G. Bloesch

The revelation of God

Love . . .
is the revelation of God.
And the revelation of God
is Jesus Christ.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Called to follow a Person

When we are called to follow Christ, we are summoned to an exclusive attachment to His person. The grace of His call bursts all the bonds of legalism. It is a gracious call, a gracious commandment. It transcends the difference between the law and the Gospel. Christ calls, the disciple follows; that is grace and commandment in one. “I will walk at liberty, for I seek your commandments.” (Psalm 119:45)

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Finding joy in pain

Gratitude changes
the pangs of memory
into a tranquil joy.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945)

Blinding ourselves

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.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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