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What Luther Says about Companionship

“When Christ was wrestling with temptation in the garden (Matt. 26:37ff.), we see Him seeking comfort among His three disciples. When Paul, in Acts 28:15, saw the brethren coming to meet him, he took courage from the sight and experienced comfort. Loneliness distresses a person who is solitary and deprived of his intimate friends. He can exert himself and struggle against it, but he does not overcome it without great difficulty.

Everything is less burdensome if you have a brother with you; for then the promise applies (Matt. 18:20): ‘Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.’ Therefore solitude should be shunned and the companionship of familiar people sought, especially in spiritual perils” (LW 2:335).


Quotation is from Luther’s Works, the American Edition: vol. 2, copyright © 1960 by Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Written by

Mason Vieth

Mason Vieth is a recent graduate of Concordia University Chicago and is currently a first-year student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He interned in the professional and academic editorial department at Concordia Publishing House in the summer of 2017. Some of the projects he worked on include Who Was Martin Luther?, CPH’s Academic Blog, as well as other academic and professional resources.

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