Monday, March 28, 2011

Lent Reading: Quote of the Day 18

From Dietrich Bonhoeffer's book Meditations on the Cross, the chapter entitled "Treasures of Suffering" based on Romans 5:1-5

Those who acknowledge that they view suffering and tribulation in their own lives only as something hostile and evil can see from this very fact that they have not at all found peace with God. They have basically merely sought peace with the world, believing possibly that by means of the cross of Jesus Christ they might best come to terms with themselves and with all their questions, and thus find inner peace of the soul. They have used the cross, but not loved it. They have sought peace for their own sake. But when tribulation comes, that peace quickly flees them. It was not peace with God, for they hated the tribulation God sends.
Do I love the cross of Christ, or do I love the "perks" that come from it? Am I willing to accept whatever God sends, however He sends it?

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