Tuesday, October 09, 2007

CQOD: 10/10/07 -- Bonhoeffer: the ministry of listening

Christian Quotation of the Day

October 10, 2007
Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
    Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
    -- Romans 10:17 (NIV)

    The first service one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love of God begins in listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but lends us His ear. So it is His work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, great me an ear ready to listen.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2007

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