Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bonhoeffer: learning through obedience

Sunday, September 10, 2017
    Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered
    —Hebrews 5:8 (KJV)
    Every moment and every situation challenges us to action and to obedience. We have literally no time to sit down and ask ourselves whether so-and-so is our neighbour or not. We must get into action and obey—we must behave like a neighbour to him. But perhaps this shocks you. Perhaps you still think you ought to think out beforehand and know what you ought to do. To that, there is only one answer. You can only know and think about it by actually doing it. It is no use asking questions; for it is only through obedience that you come to learn the truth.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 77 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 5:8; John 14:21; Ps. 62:12; 111:10; 143:10; Matt. 7:24; John 13:17; 14:15; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:17-18; Jas. 1:22-25; 2 John 1:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to follow You.
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