C hu r ch O r d e r 47 No Law but Love 59 There is no law but that of love.* Love is joy in others. To preserve this love, Christ teaches us to speak directly to our brother or sister whenever there is anything between us. We are to make peace with our brother or sister before the sun goes down; Christ even warns us to stay away from common prayer until we have done so: “If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” It is therefore out of the question for someone in our community to hold something against a brother or sister or to talk behind his or her back. Relationships within and to the church community are spiritual bonds based on trust and on the readiness to forgive again and again. 60 Like the early Christians and those faithful to their example through the ages, we insist on the need for mutual fraternal admonition. Misunderstandings, conflicts, and honest differences of opinion are bound to arise, and this does not surprise or disturb us. But whenever there is tension between brothers and sisters, we must use the way of direct address taught by Christ. We owe this service to anyone in the church * House rule of the first Bruderhof community in Sannerz, Germany (1925). Matt 22:35–40; 2 Jn 1:5 Jas 2:8; Gal 5:14 Matt 18:15–20 Eph 4:25–27 Matt 5:23–24 Jas 4:11–12 Luke 17:3–4; 2 Cor 6:11–13 Gen 42—50 1 Thess 5:14; Col 3:16 Acts 15:36–41; Gal 2:1–14