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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.”

Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer



Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Your life as a Christian should make non believers question their disbelief in God.”

Your life as a Christian should make non believers question their disbelief in God.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The deep meaning of the cross of Christ is that there is no suffering on earth that is not borne by God.”

The deep meaning of the cross of Christ is that there is no suffering on earth that is not borne by God.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!”

It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.”

Silence in the face of evil is evil itself.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Faith without works is not faith at all, but a simple lack of obedience to God.”

Faith without works is not faith at all, but a simple lack of obedience to God.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Jesus calls men, not to a new religion, but to life.”

Jesus calls men, not to a new religion, but to life.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer



Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The church is not a religious community of worshippers of Christ but is Christ himself who has taken form among people.”

The church is not a religious community of worshippers of Christ but is Christ himself who has taken form among people.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “We are silent at the beginning of the day because God should have the first word, and we are silent before going to sleep because the last word also belongs to God.”

We are silent at the beginning of the day because God should have the first word, and we are silent before going to sleep because the last word also belongs to God.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

The cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of obedience.”

Faith is only real when there is obedience, never without it, and faith only becomes faith in the act of obedience.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The devil doesn’t fill us with hatred for God, but with forgetfulness of God.”

The devil doesn’t fill us with hatred for God, but with forgetfulness of God.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “It is from God that parents receive their children, and it is to God that they should lead them.”

It is from God that parents receive their children, and it is to God that they should lead them.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship.”

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.”

Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer



Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.”

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.”

We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because here they can unite in the Word.”

Why do Christians sing when they are together? The reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same Word at the same time; in other words, because here they can unite in the Word.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial.”

Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this.”

Christianity means community through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ. No Christian community is more or less than this.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic.”

Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Only the suffering God can help.”

Only the suffering God can help.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The more isolated a person is, the more destructive the power of sin over him.”

The more isolated a person is, the more destructive the power of sin over him.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “A Christian is someone who shares the sufferings of God in the world.”

A Christian is someone who shares the sufferings of God in the world.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”

Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Comfort the troubled, and trouble the comfortable.”

Comfort the troubled, and trouble the comfortable.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “You can only learn what obedience is by obeying.”

You can only learn what obedience is by obeying.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “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 we are.”

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 we are.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.”

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “God is not a God of the emotions but the God of truth.”

God is not a God of the emotions but the God of truth.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Self-justification and judging others go together, as justification by grace and serving others go together.”

Self-justification and judging others go together, as justification by grace and serving others go together.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.”

Good Friday and Easter free us to think about other things far beyond our own personal fate, about the ultimate meaning of all life, suffering, and events; and we lay hold of a great hope.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”

We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Discipleship is not an offer that man makes to Christ.”

Discipleship is not an offer that man makes to Christ.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “Being a Christan is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”

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

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.”

It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them. Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them.”

The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them. Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The person who’s in love with their vision of community will destroy community. But the person who loves the people around them will create community everywhere they go.”

The person who’s in love with their vision of community will destroy community. But the person who loves the people around them will create community everywhere they go.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.”

The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only Him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. Once more, all that self-denial can say is, ‘He leads the way, keep close to Him.’”

To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only Him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. Once more, all that self-denial can say is, ‘He leads the way, keep close to Him.’

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “The time is short. Eternity is long. It is the time of decision.”

The time is short. Eternity is long. It is the time of decision.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote: “God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises...”

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises...

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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