so hard to understand

“… it is the grace of the gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that it confronts us with the truth and says: ‘You are a sinner, a great, desperate sinner; now come, as the sinner you are, to God who loves you.’ … in the Christian community when the call to brotherly confession and forgiveness goes forth it is a call to the great grace of God in the church.”

Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Harper & Row, 1954), pp.110-111.