Here’s another nugget from my Bonhoeffer devotional. Psalm 119:1 is the focus.

Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.

Referring to “new beginnings,” he says that we drive ourselves into “fruitless fear” when we question whether we made the right beginning. When we are born again we are on the way with God, and this question is now settled for us. Fruitless fear comes from a constant search for the new beginning (uh oh). 

fruitless efforts grapeSide Note: These Bonhoeffer writings are from another time (mid-20th century), and he says fruitless fear is the result of the ones already on the way with God searching for a new beginning. This grabbed me because today, in the 21st century church, some of us market the new beginning to believers.

Fruitless fear keeps us tied to the letter of the law, where we stay in…

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