Life together

I’ve been re-reading some Bonhoeffer over the last week and came across this quote in his book Life together

‘Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren’

I think this quote (a direct quote from the book hence the non-inclusive language!) stands a great reminder to those of us in church of the blessing that it can be to be part of a Christian community. Often we may grumble about others that we meet with. Prehaps their worship preferences don’t match ours or it could be a difference of priorities in terms of mission and evangelism. Whatever the seperations that may exist Bonhoeffers words call us to remember that it is only through Gods grace that we find others we can share the common bond of faith with. For that we should be grateful.


Author: duttyo

Methodist Minister serving in the Bradford South Circuit

8 thoughts on “Life together”

  1. I think she was commenting on your ritualistic vegetable based reading posture.

    “I’ve been re-reading some Bonhoeffer over the last leek”

    I am sure that there will be leeks in the future 😀

  2. the interesting thing for me is that here Bonhoeffer expresses the importance of Christian community before he experiences the seperation from it that he suffered during his time in prison and concentration camps. (the book was published in 1939 and he was arrested in 1943)

  3. Interesting. I wonder when he wrote this and how much it was shaped by his experiences with the brethren at the Community of the Resurrection.

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