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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Lenten Meditation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer #5

You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of others; but God knows your hearts; for what is prized by human beings is an abomination in the sight of God (Luke 16:15)

"In confession a Christian breaks through to certainty. Why is it that it is often easier for us to confess our sins to God than to another Christian? God is holy and sinless. God is a just judge of evil and the enemy of all disobedience. But another Christian is sinful as we are, and he knows from his own experience the dark night of secret sin. Why should we not find it easier to go to another Christian than to the holy God? But if we do, we must ask ourselves whether we have not often been deceiving ourselves with our confession of sin to God? Whether we have not rather been confessing our sins to ourselves and also granting ourselves absolution. And is it not the reason perhaps for our countless relapses and the feebleness of our Christian obedience to be found precisely in the fact that we are living on self-forgiveness and not a real forgiveness? Self-forgiveness can never lead to a breach with sin; this can be accomplished only by the judging and pardoning Word of God.

No Greater Love: Lenten Meditations

1 comment:

Brennan said...

I liked this particular meditation. Reminds me of all the meditating I have to do on how honest I'm being with people.