Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s work entitled “Life Together: The Classic Exploration Of Christian Community” explores the intimacy of community life among believers.
I would consider this a must for any believer to understand the responsibility, response, and power of community life. If you have not read it yet, I would highly recommend it. This book contains an amazing insight from Bonhoeffer’s own experience of living with fellow believers during his time teaching at an underground seminary during Natzi Germany.
Below are 7 powerful quotes from Life Together.
The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.
Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not in community beware of being alone… Each by itself has profound perils and pitfalls. One who wants fellowship without solitude plunges into the void of words and feelings, and the one who seeks solitude without fellowship perishes in the abyss of vanity, self-infatuation and despair.
If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all. … How can I possibly serve another person in unfeigned humility if I seriously regard his sinfulness as worse than my own?
Human love is directed to the other person for his own sake, spiritual love loves him for Christ’s sake. Therefore, human love seeks direct contact with the other person; it loves him not as a free person but as one whom it binds to itself. It wants to gain, to capture by every means; it uses force. It desires to be irresistible, to rule.
…this whole world is sustained only for the sake of Jesus Christ, his Word, and his message.
For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and oppressed with besetting concerns for the day’s work. At the threshold of the new day stands the Lord who made it…Therefore, at the beginning of the day let all distraction and empty talk be silenced and let the first thought and the first word belong to Him to whom our whole life belongs.