Our Enemies and Love

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been reading a book of compiled sermons and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This man is so fascinating to me. The more I read of his life and writings, the more I am convinced that voices like his are needed in the church today. Not only did he speak and write with eloquence, but his life was the fruit of the things he taught.

If you’ve never read “The Cost of Discipleship”, I would highly recommend it. He beautifully lays out the mandates of life with Jesus. Bonhoeffer is unapologetic and not afraid to lay accountability of cheap grace at the feet of the Church. At every turn, he challenges and rebukes with a mixture of grace and boldness.

With that being said, I give you a quote from that book. My prayer is that his words will inspire a deeper look at ourselves, how we treat people and how we love the Lord.

“Christian love draws no distinction between one enemy and another, except that the more bitter our enemy’s hatred, the greater his need of love. Be his enmity political or religious, he has nothing to expect from a follower of Jesus but unqualified love. In such love there is not inner discord between the private person and official capacity. In both we are disciples of Christ, or we are not Christians at all.”

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