Friday, November 11, 2016

Bonhoeffer: bringing sin to the light

Friday, November 11, 2016
    Feast of Martin, Monk, Bishop of Tours, 397
    You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
    —1 John 4:4 (ESV)
    The heart of man is revealed in temptation. Man knows his sin, which without temptation he could never have known; for in temptation man knows on what he has set his heart. The coming to light of sin is the work of the accuser, who thereby thinks to have won the victory. But it is sin which is become manifest which can be known and therefore forgiven. Thus the manifestation of sin belongs to the salvation plan of God with man, and Satan must serve this plan.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Temptation, London: SCM Press, 1955, p. 29 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 4:4; 2 Chr. 32:31; Ps. 139:23-24; Jer. 17:9-10; Heb. 4:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, forgive me, a sinner.
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