Sunday Inspiration: Words from Reinhold Niebuhr

Words from Reinhold Niebuhr

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.

Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must he saved by faith.

Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.

No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”  Reinhold Niebuhr


Forgive me for being so spiritual this morning, but it is Sunday.

Niebuhr was a prominent Protestant theologian in the mid 20th century, but we don’t have to know his history or education or denomination to see  that these heartfelt words are profound and inspirational.

In this chaotic time of fear and anger and polarization, isn’t it helpful to know that no matter what is happening around us, hope, faith, love, and forgiveness can make all the difference?


  1. Janet Friesner on March 1, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Wonderful words for the beginning of this new month. With all the bad stuff happening out there we need to remember and cling to what’s really good in our lives, like love, faith, hope and forgiveness. Thank you.

  2. Beverly Magee on March 1, 2020 at 7:10 am

    I truly appreciate arising to this message.

  3. Denise Almazar on March 1, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Yes! A wonderful reminder. Thank you!

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