A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner...There is no dislike, no personal tension, no estrangement that cannot be overcome by intercession as far as our side of it is concerned. Intercessory prayer is the purifying bath into which the individual and the fellowship must enter every day. The struggle we undergo with our brother in intercession may be a hard one, but that struggle has the promise that it will gain its goal. ~ From Life Together, emphases added.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Face Of A Forgiven Sinner
If there's a book that should be recommended for anyone who is part of a church body, it is Dietrich Bonhoeffer's brief and readable Life Together. Find it at the link or your local bookstore. The passage below shows us the way to defeat interpersonal conflict and friction through prayer: