Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

"If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature.  But if God determines where He is to be found, then it will be a place which is not immediately pleasing to my nature and which is not at all congenial to me.  This place is the cross of Christ.  And whoever would find Him must go to the foot of the cross, as the Sermon on the Mount commands.  This is not according to our nature at all, it is entirely contrary to it.  But this is the message of the Bible, not only in the New but also in the Old Testament..."
~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I love reading biographies because I get to glean lessons from the lives of great men and women.  I have yet to get to the middle of this book but I have learned a thing or two already.

Bonhoeffer, no matter how mischievous his students were, did not lose composure and kindness to them.  I think a good and kindly composure is one of the outward manifestations of having trust in Jesus.

I get too emotional and lose composure most of the time especially in tough situations.  Next time I should remember to take a deep breath, harness those self-indulgent emotions, and think of what response will delight the Lord and then composure will be the posture.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
~Galatians 2:20

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