Friday, April 09, 2021

Bonhoeffer: repaying enemies

Friday, April 9, 2021
    Feast of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Teacher, Martyr, 1945
    Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
    —Romans 12:17 (NIV)
    When evil befalls you, it is not you who are in danger, but the others who do you evil; and if you don’t help them, they will perish in it. Therefore, for the others’ sake, and because of your responsibility to them—repay no one evil for evil. For has God ever repaid you in such a way?
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Geffrey B. Kelly, F. Burton Nelson, eds., HarperCollins, 1995, p. 286 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 12:17; Matt. 5:7,39; Luke 6:36; 1 Thess. 5:15; 1 Pet. 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to remember Your mercy.
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