I have to say first that I am sooo grateful to be able to post this. This is an email that a friend of mine sent me the other day, and it really blessed me and hit home with me. It was a big encouragement, and I hope it can encourage you, too. I was also really blessed to get permission from this person to post this, too. 😉 Here is what they said:
“So I am reading this book called Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and I read something that just made me so happy and also made me think of you. So I was thinking about how we both struggle with feeling like failures and worthless beings sometimes and I was thinking how we also both tell ourselves the truth, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Well, I read the following, ‘God has willed that we should seek and find his living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of man. Therefore the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ. The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain, his brother’s is sure.’ It’s like this, Lauren, God made us that we would need our brothers and sisters in Christ to uphold and encourage one another. One can speak the same words of truth to oneself as someone else speaking the words of truth to an individual, but it will be ten times more encouraging and strengthening when it comes from a brother or sister in Christ than when one is trying to tell one’s own. God made it so that we would need one another to build each other up. It is important to preach to ourselves the truth of the Word, but we were are not a people meant to dwell alone in our own heads with our own thoughts and words. When God adopted us into his family he meant for us to dwell together in unity and to bear each other’s burdens and to encourage one another. And this is why we also need to be willing to bear our hearts to one another, so that we can help one another and be an encouragement to one another.
God is so good to give us a family in him! He doesn’t want his children to be alone ever. That is why the church is so important.”