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Bonhoeffer on self-denial in the christian life

“if any man would come after me, let him deny himself.” The disciple must say to himself the same words Peter said of Christ when he denied him: “I know not this man.” Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism. it is not suicide, for there is an element of self-will even in that. To deny oneself is to be aware only of Christ and no more of self, to see only him who goes before and no more the road which is too hard for us. Once more, all that self denial can say is: “He leads the way, keep close to him.”

Cost of Discipleship, 88.

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  1. July 5, 2010 at 6:59 am

    How can acts of mortification not be included in denying oneself. To be aware of the awesome act of love extended to us through Christ Jesus, how can we not choose to apply His principles in life’s situations. Not my will, but His. Is not denying oneself deferring to what another wants. He says that if we love Him we will keep his commandments. Lots of questions.

    • spenceshelton
      July 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

      Lydia,
      Thanks for the comment. I think on a second read of Bonhoeffer’s words here you will see he says “Self-denial is never just a series of isolated acts of mortification or asceticism.” He certainly understands physical denial of the flesh to be a part of the christian life. he’s trying to help us see that the christian life involves much more. I think you have some great questions and I’m grateful you stopped by to pose them. Let me know if I can answer any of them specifically.

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