Thankfulness. Dietrich Bonhoeffer brilliantly lays out the foundation of our fellowship with Christ. In the first section of his book, “Life Together”, he discusses the way we can live together and love together, flaws and all.
We thank God for giving us brethren who live by his call, by his forgiveness, and his promise. We do not complain of what God does not give us; we rather thank God for what he does give us daily. And is not what has been given us enough: brothers, who will go on living with us through sin and need under the blessing of his grace? Is the divine gift of Christian fellowship anything less than this, any day, even the most difficult and distressing day? Even when sin and misunderstanding burden the communal life, is not the sinning brother still a brother, with whom I, too, stand under the Word of Christ? Will not his sin be a constant occasion for me to give thanks that both of us may live in the forgiving love of God in Jesus Christ? Thus the very hour of disillusionment with my brother becomes incomparably salutary, because it so thoroughly teaches me that neither of us can ever live by our own words and deeds, but only by that one Word and Deed which really binds us together—the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ. When the morning mists of dreams vanish, then dawns the bright day of Christian fellowship….
If we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even where there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if, on the contrary, we only keep complaining to God that everything is so paltry and petty, so far from what we expected, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow according to the measure and riches which are there for us all in Jesus Christ.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2012-06-20). Life Together (Kindle Locations 196-199). Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd. Kindle Edition.
Our book club moves on to Chapter 2 this week. Please read along! If you’re near the Clovis area, please join us as we meet on Wednesday nights 6:30-8:00 p.m. We would LOVE to see you there!!! Visit clovisevfree.org for location details.