Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of my favorite pastors to read. His stand against fascism was inspirational. Every Christian can learn a thing or two with these Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and critical founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity’s role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his book The Cost of Discipleship became a modern classic.
10 Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes
The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love of God begins in listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sometimes we don’t need another chance to express how we feel or to ask someone to understand our situation. Sometimes we just need a firm kick in the pants. An unsmiling expectation that if we mean all these wonderful things we talk about and sing about, then lets see something to prove it. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive from Him the little things? – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It matters little what form of prayer we adopt or how many words we use. What matters is the faith which lays hold on God, knowing that He knows our needs before we even ask Him. That is what gives Christian prayer its boundless confidence and its joyous certainty. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The right way to pray is to stretch out our hands and ask of One who we know has the heart of a Father. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions. We may pass them by, preoccupied with our more important tasks, as the priest passed by the man who had fallen among thieves, perhaps – reading the Bible….. it is part of the discipline of humility that we must not spare our hand where it can perform a service and we do not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
You can only learn what obedience is by obeying. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
If you board the wrong train, it’s no use running along the corridor in the other direction. -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this *nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Meditating On These Quotes
As you can see, these Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes are profound. They take a few readings to get all the meaning out of them.
What are some of your favorite quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer? Please leave them in the comment section below so the rest of us can be inspired by them as well.