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“Over ten years ago, when a friend challenged me to put into practice the Christian faith I professed, the first step that came clearly to my mind was to unburden myself completely to my wife of many thoughts, memories, fears and failures, which I had never mentioned to her.  Such a step seemed impossible to me.  I felt I would lose her confidence.  We had been very close, and loved each other deeply.  We used to discuss everything, . . . . But it is one thing to speak on the level of ideas, and it is an altogether different thing to speak of one’s own soul.  When I took this step, my wife answered me, ‘Now I can be of some help to you!’  And she opened up to me in return.  We had found the meaning of fellowship.”

Paul Tournier, Escape From Loneliness (Philadelphia, 1962), page 46.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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