I have been reading the book Life Together:The Classic Exploration of Christian Community by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In it he writes:
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.
We need words with friends. Not exactly like the iPhone app, but words that are true and meaningful – words that can change someone’s life. We were not created to do this life alone. We need each other to encourage and help speak truth into our lives. The depth of our spiritual lives depend on it. I believe, like Bonhoeffer, that our relationship with Christ hinges on our relationship with other followers. We need each other to sharpen our spiritual lives.
Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
We need to have Words with Friends…important, life changing, truth telling words.