To Live By Grace Means…

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark.  In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means… My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.

– Brennan Manning

as quoted by Tchividian, Tullian; One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World; David Cook Publishers; copyright 2013; Kindle Edition; Location  2620

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We Sure Can Delude Ourselves

We can delude ourselves into believing that sin is simply an aberration or a lack of maturity; that preoccupation with security, pleasure, and power is caused by oppressive social structures and personality quirks; that we are sinful but not sinners, since we are mere victims of circumstances, compulsion, environment, addictions, upbringing, and so forth.  The Passion nails these lies and rationalizations to the Cross of Truth.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 184

‘For the Sake of Jesus Christ’ Should Be the Answer to that Question

When the fools who seek to live with the mind of Christ ask themselves “Why do I exist?” they answer “For the sake of Jesus Christ.’  If the angels ask, it is the same answer: “For the sake of Jesus Christ.”  If the whole universe were suddenly to become articulate, from north to south and from east to west it would cry out in chorus, “We exist for the sake of Christ.”  The name of Jesus would issue from the seas and mountains and valleys’ it would be tapped out by the pattering rain.  It would be written with lightning in the skies.  The storms would roar the name of “Lord Jesus Christ God-hero” and the mountains would echo it back.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 181

This is a Very Bad Sign

Today Christianity is largely inoffensive; this kind of religion will never transform anything.  Jesus Christ the master revolutionary offended the religious and political order of Palestine.  Christians too are bound to offend, and if we do not it is a bad sign – we cannot be very revolutionary.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 177

The Fools for Christ Are Violent

The fools for Christ are violent, as the gospel enjoins them to be (Matthew 11:12), but the violence is done to themselves (Galatians 5:24).  There gentleness is the beautiful fruit of reverence for God, compassion for the world, and respect for themselves.  Their priorities  are personal, determined not by the popular religion of the day, by power politics or by the consumer culture, but by the Sermon on the Mount and the paschal mystery.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 176

A Gentle Revolution Will Come Through These

A gentle revolution will come through the little cadre of Christian fools who are willing to overthrow the established order by rearranging their lives around the mind of Christ.  Their quest is transparency through truthfulness, and their lifestyles will be shaped by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 175

The Love of Christ on the Cross is a Burning Reality

The love of Jesus Christ on the Cross was a burning reality for Magdalene, and her life is utterly incomprehensible without it.  If you wish to speak of the Christian life, authentic spirituality, or the gifts of the Holy Spirit, you speak of Jesus Christ nailed to the Cross or you do not speak at all.

– Brennan Manning, The Importance of Being Foolish: How to Think Like Jesus, HarperOne, copyright 2005, page 171