Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Bonhoeffer: listening

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
    Feast of Thomas the Apostle
    For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
    —Titus 1:10-11 (NIV)
    Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to one another will soon no longer be listening to God either; they will always be talking even in the presence of God. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life, and in the end there will be nothing left but spiritual chatter and clerical condescension arrayed in pious words ... never really speaking to others.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 98 (see the book)
    See also Tit. 1:10-11; Prov. 10:19; 17:27; 29:20; Eph. 4:29; Jas. 1:19-20,26
Quiet time reflection:
    Spirit of God, open my ears and be a guard on my tongue.
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