27 Powerful Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes That Will Inspire You

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A collection of Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes that will inspire your faith.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quotes

I was in my mid-twenties when I learned about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I picked Eric Metaxas’, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy I didn’t think I could get through all 608 pages of it, but I devoured it! What Bonhoeffer went through and what he accomplished was incredible.

If you have never read through his story I highly recommend it. It’s a history lesson that will inspire you. Here is a little video on the biography.

With all that said, I thought it would be awesome to share some of Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes with you. I hope you enjoy them.

A Short Dietrich Bonhoeffer Biography

As you know with all my quote posts…I like to share a short little bio. Here is a snippet from Holocaust Encyclopedia.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian known for his opposition to National Socialism. His ties to the July 20, 1944, conspiracy to overthrow the Nazi regime led to his execution in 1945. His theological writings are regarded as classics throughout the Christian world. Read more…

Quotes By Dietrich Bonhoeffer

May God in His mercy lead us through these times; but above all, may He lead us to Himself. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Do not try to make the Bible relevant. Its relevance is axiomatic. Do not defend God’s word, but testify to it. Trust to the Word. It is a ship loaded to the very limits of its capacity. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As long as we let the Word of God be our only armor, we can look confidently into the future. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When all is said and done, the life of faith is nothing if not an unending struggle of the spirit with every available weapon against the flesh. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer quotes

Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As brother stands by brother in distress, binding up his wounds and soothing his pain, so let us show our love towards our enemy. There is no deeper distress to be found in the world, no pain more bitter than our enemy’s. Nowhere is service more necessary or more blessed than when we serve our enemies. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Judging others makes us blind, whereas love is illuminating. By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

If our Christianity has ceased to be serious about discipleship, if we have watered down the gospel into emotional uplift which makes no costly demands and which fails to distinguish between natural and Christian existence, then we cannot help regarding the cross as an ordinary everyday calamity, as one of the trials and tribulations of life. We have then forgotten that the cross means rejection and shame as well as suffering. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Your life as a Christian should make non believers question their disbelief in God. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Quotes by Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Word of God

The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them. Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It is only because he became like us that we can become like him. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now. Christian should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather than considering first the possible right of the strong. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In a word, live together in the forgiveness of your sins, for without it no human fellowship, least of all a marriage, can survive. Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts… – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In me there is darkness, But with You there is light; I am lonely, but You do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with You there is help; I am restless, but with You there is peace. In me there is bitterness, but with You there is patience; I do not understand Your ways, But You know the way for me.” “Lord Jesus Christ, You were poor And in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am. You know all man’s troubles; You abide with me When all men fail me; You remember and seek me; It is Your will that I should know You And turn to You. Lord, I hear Your call and follow; Help me. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Famous Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes

The person who’s in love with their vision of community will destroy community. But the person who loves the people around them will create community everywhere they go. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The biggest mistake you can make in your life is to be always afraid of making a mistake. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God loves human beings. God loves the world. Not an ideal human, but human beings as they are; not an ideal world, but the real world. What we find repulsive in their opposition to God, what we shrink back from with pain and hostility, namely, real human beings, the real world, this is for God the ground of unfathomable love. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer


I hope you have enjoyed these Dietrich Bonhoeffer quotes! I hope they have inspired and blessed you. He truly was an amazing man of God and did so much during his time. If you would like to grow more in your relationship with God check out my Faith Page.

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