110+ Philip Yancey Quotes On Grace, Prayer And Suffering

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  1. When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.
  2. Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.
  3. In a nutshell, the Bible from Genesis 3 to Revelation 22 tells the story of a God reckless with desire to get his family back.
  4. Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.
  5. The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace.
  6. Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God's scheme ultimately leads back to the cross.
  7. No one ever converted to Christianity because they lost the argument.
  8. Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.
  9. Jesus reserved his hardest words for the hidden sins of hypocrisy, pride, greed and legalism.
  10. Doubt always coexists with faith, for in the presence of certainty who would need faith at all?

Philip Yancey Short Quotes

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  • The Bible never belittles human disappointment ... but it does add one key word: temporary.
  • The deadening part of Bible study is when you think you've already got it all figured out.
  • God loves people because of who God is, not because of who we are.
  • I do not get to know God and then do His will. I get to know Him by doing His will.
  • At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.
  • In no other arena is the church at greater risk of losing its calling than in the public square
  • Misunderstanding must be nakedly exposed before true understanding can begin to flourish.
  • We deserve punishment and get forgiveness; we deserve God’s wrath and get God’s love.
  • Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.
  • Homeless people bear God's image too.

Philip Yancey Quotes On Grace

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C. S. Lewis observed that almost all crimes of Christian history have come about when religion is confused with politics. Politics, which always runs by the rules of ungrace, allures us to trade away grace for power, a temptation the church has often been unable to resist. — Philip Yancey

One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as "those evil people" or "those poor people who need our help." Nor must we search for signs of "loveworthiness." Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. — Philip Yancey

We often surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, thus forming a club or clique, not a community. Anyone can form a club; it takes grace, shared vision, and hard work to form a community. — Philip Yancey

Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus' love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace. That does not mean, of course, that Christians should not involve themselves in politics. It simply means that as we do so we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love. — Philip Yancey

Prayer is not a means of removing the unknown and predictable elements in life, but rather a way of including the unknown and unpredictable in the outworking of the grace of God in our lives. — Philip Yancey

Whenever faith seems an entitlement, or a measuring rod, we cast our lots with the Pharisees and grace softly slips away. — Philip Yancey

Whatever makes us feel superior to other people, whatever tempts us to convey a sense of superiority, that is the gravity of our sinful nature, not grace. — Philip Yancey

... the issue is not whether I agree with someone but rather how I treat someone with whom I profoundly disagree. We Christians are called to use the "weapons of grace," which means treating even our opponents with love and respect. — Philip Yancey

Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks. — Philip Yancey

The church is, above all, a place to receive grace: it brings forgiven people together with the aim of equipping us to dispense grace to others. — Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey Quotes On Prayer

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Prayer is to the skeptic a delusion, a waste of time. To the believer it represents perhaps the most important use of time. — Philip Yancey

Prayer may seem at first like disengagement, a reflective time to consider God's point of view. But that vantage presses us back to accomplish God's will, the work of the kingdom. We are God's fellow workers, and as such we turn to prayer to equip us for the partnership. — Philip Yancey

If God doesn't want something for me, I shouldn't want it either. Spending time in meditative prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God's. — Philip Yancey

If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. — Philip Yancey

Prayer is - not just bowing your head a few times a day, it pervades all of life. — Philip Yancey

Prayer unfolds in the stillness of the soul. — Philip Yancey

...to see that God does answer, in great things as well as small, the prayers of those who put their trust in Him will strengthen the faith of multitudes. — Philip Yancey

For me, prayer is not so much me setting out a shopping list of requests for God to consider as it is a way of keeping company with God. — Philip Yancey

God formed an alliance based on the world as it is, full of flaws, whereas prayer calls God to account for the world as it should be. — Philip Yancey

Prayer is the act of seeing reality from God's point of view. — Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey Quotes On Suffering

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Faith in God offers no insurance against tragedy. — Philip Yancey

Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other. — Philip Yancey

The point of the Book of Job is not suffering: where is God When It hurts? The prologue (chapters 1-2) dealt with that issue. The point of the Book of Job is faith: Where is Job when it hurts? — Philip Yancey

Who would complain if God allowed one hour of suffering in an entire lifetime of comfort? Why complain about a lifetime that includes suffering when that lifetime is a mere hour of eternity? — Philip Yancey

When we ignore the world outside the walls we suffer-as does it. — Philip Yancey

When suffering happens, it forces us to confront life in a different way than we normally do. — Philip Yancey

Jesus' response to suffering people and to "nobodies" provides a glimpse into the heart of God. God is not the unmoved Absolute, but rather the Loving One who draws near. — Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey Famous Quotes And Sayings

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When the world asks if there is any hope, we can say absolutely! No one is exempt from tragedy or disappointment- God himself was not exempt. Jesus offered no immunity, no way out of the unfairness, but rather a way through it to the other side. — Philip Yancey

The people of God are not merely to mark time, waiting for God to step in and set right all that is wrong. Rather, they are to model the new heaven and new earth, and by so doing awaken longings for what God will someday bring to pass. — Philip Yancey

I have come to know a God who has a soft spot for rebels, who recruits people like the adulterer David, the whiner Jeremiah, the traitor Peter, and the human-rights abuser Saul of Tarsus. I have come to know a God whose Son made prodigals the heroes of his stories and the trophies of his ministry. — Philip Yancey

God's visit to earth took place in an animal shelter with no attendants present and nowhere to lay the newborn king but a feed trough. ... For just an instant the sky grew luminous with angels, yet who saw the spectacle? Illiterate hirelings who watched the flocks of others, "nobodies" who failed to leave their names. — Philip Yancey

Jesus tended to honor the losers of this world, not the winners. Our modern culture extravagantly rewards beauty, athletic skill, wealth, and artistic achievement, qualities which seemed to impress Jesus not at all. — Philip Yancey

As the books of Job, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk clearly show, God has a high threshold of tolerance for what appropriate to say in a prayer. God can "handle" my unsuppressed rage. I may well find that my vindictive feelings need God's correction - but only by taking those feelings to God will I have the opportunity for correction and healing. — Philip Yancey

Jesus gave us a model for the work of the church at the Last Supper. While his disciples kept proposing more organization - Hey, let's elect officers, establish hierarchy, set standards of professionalism - Jesus quietly picked up a towel and basin of water and began to wash their feet. — Philip Yancey

Our confused society badly needs a community of contrast, a counterculture of ordinary pilgrims who insist living a different way. Unlike popular culture, we will lavish attention on the least "deserving" in direct opposition to our celebrity culture's emphasis on success, wealth, and beauty. — Philip Yancey

The bible never belittles disappointment, but it does add one key word: temporary - What we feel now, we will not always feel. Our disappointment is itself a sign, and aching, a hunger for something better. And faith is, in the end, a kind of homesickness - for a home we have never visited but have never once stopped longing for. — Philip Yancey

Grace comes free of charge to people who do not deserve it and I am one of those people... Now I am trying in my own small way to pipe the tune of grace. I do so because I know, more surely than I know anything, that any pang of healing or forgiveness or goodness I have ever felt comes solely from the grace of God. — Philip Yancey

One of the things I found is that the things we want to say for well-intentioned motives often cause more harm than good. People don't need our words. They mainly need our presence, they need our love. And if you come in too quickly with explanations, you may do more harm than good. — Philip Yancey

The surgery of life hurts. It helps me, though, to know that the surgeon himself, the Wounded Surgeon, has felt every stab of pain and every sorrow. — Philip Yancey

The promise of pleasures so alluring that we may devote our lives to their pursuit, and then the haunting realization that these pleasures ultimately do not satisfy. — Philip Yancey

We in the church have humility and contrition to offer the world, not a formula for success. Almost alone in our success-oriented society, we admit that we have failed, are failing, and always will fail. — Philip Yancey

If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge. — Philip Yancey

Christian faith is... basically about love and being loved and reconciliation. These things are so important, they're foundational and they can transform individuals, families. — Philip Yancey

Be still. In that focus, all else comes into focus. In that rift in my routine, the universe falls into alignment. — Philip Yancey

We grow up hungry for love, and in ways so deep as to remain unexpressed we long for our Maker to love us. — Philip Yancey

Someone asked the Swiss physician & author Paul Tournier how he helped his patients get rid of their fears. He replied, 'I don't. Everything that's worthwhile in life is scary. Choosing a school, choosing a career, getting married, having kids--all those things are scary. If it is not fearful, it is not worthwhile.' — Philip Yancey

If we comprehend what Christ has done for us, then surely out of gratitude we will strive to live 'worthy' of such great love. We will strive for holiness not to make God love us but because He already does. — Philip Yancey

Rather, God has commissioned us as agents of intervention in the midst of a hostile and broken world. — Philip Yancey

Sociologists have a theory of the looking-glass self: You become what the most important person in your life (wife, father, boss, etc.) thinks you are. How would my life change if I truly believed the Bible's astounding words about God's love for me, if I looked in the mirror and saw what God sees? — Philip Yancey

What would a church look like that created space for quietness, that bucked the celebrity trend and unplugged from noisy media, that actively resisted our consumer culture? What would worship look like if we directed it more toward God than toward our own amusement? — Philip Yancey

Christ bears the wounds of the church, his body, just as he bore the wounds of crucifixion. I sometimes wonder which have hurt worse. — Philip Yancey

Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to - because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice. — Philip Yancey

The Quakers have a saying: "An enemy is one whose story we have not heard." To communicate to post-Christians, I must first listen to their stories for clues to how they view the world and how they view people like me. — Philip Yancey

Perhaps the most powerful thing Christians can do to communicate to a skeptical world is to live fulfilled lives, exhibiting proof that Jesus' way truly leads to a life most abundant and most thirst-satisfying. — Philip Yancey

I say this with care, but I wonder if a fierce, insistent desire for a miracle - even a physical healing - sometimes betrays a lack of faith rather than an abundance of it. When yearning for a miraculous resolution to a problem, do we make our loyalty to God contingent on whether he reveals himself yet again in the seen world? — Philip Yancey

We tend to think, 'Life should be fair because God is fair.' But God is not life. And if I confuse God with the physical reality of life- by expecting constant good health for example- then I set myself up for crashing disappointment. — Philip Yancey

The uncommitted share many of our core values, but if we do not live out those values in a compelling way, we will not awaken a thirst for their ultimate Source. — Philip Yancey

Nature was one of the key forces that brought me back to God, for I wanted to know the Artist responsible for beauty such as I saw on grand scale in photos from space telescopes or on minute scale such as in the intricate designs on a butterfly wing. — Philip Yancey

I begin with confession not in order to feel miserable, rather to call to mind a reality I often ignore. When I acknowledge where I stand before a perfect God, it restores the true state of the universe. Confession simply establishes the proper ground rules of creatures relating to their creator. — Philip Yancey

Jesus did not give the parables to teach us how to live. He gave them, I believe, to correct our notions about who God is and who God loves. — Philip Yancey

Jesus announced a great reversal of values in His Sermon on the Mount, elevating not the rich or attractive, but rather the poor, the persecuted, and those who mourn. — Philip Yancey

The people who related to God best--Abraham, Moses, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah--treated him with startling familiarity. They talked to God as if he were sitting in a chair beside them, as one might talk to a counselor, a boss, a parent, or a lover. They treated him like a person. — Philip Yancey

We admit that we will never reach our ideal in this life, a distinctive the church claims that most other human institutions try to deny. — Philip Yancey

True healing, of deep connective tissue, takes place in community. Where is God when it hurts? Where God's people are. — Philip Yancey

God operates by different rules of time and space. And God's infinite greatness, which we would expect to diminish us, actually makes possible the very closeness that we desire. A God unbound by our rules of time has the ability to invest in every person on earth. God has, quite literally, all the time in the world for each one of us. — Philip Yancey

True faith does not so much attempt to manipulate God to do our will as it does to position us to do his will. — Philip Yancey

John Wesley taught that the gospel of Christ involved more than saving souls. It should have an impact on all of society, and his followers worked to accomplish just that. They were dispensing grace to the broader world, and in the process their spirit helped change a nation, saving it from the revolutionary chaos that had spread across Europe. — Philip Yancey

The rubber hits the road when we try to show grace to a person most unlike us, even someone morally offensive. — Philip Yancey

And perhaps, exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit may be our very best defense against a materialist view of mankind here on earth. — Philip Yancey

The Cross of Christ may have overcome evil, but it did not overcome unfairness. For that, Easter is required. — Philip Yancey

For me, the world of nature bears spectacular witness to the imaginative genius of our Creator. — Philip Yancey

What a nation needs more than anything else is not a Christian ruler in the palace but a Christian prophet within earshot. — Philip Yancey

We, Jesus' followers, are the agents assigned to carry out God's will on earth. Too easily we expect God to do something for us when instead God wants to do it through us. — Philip Yancey

Parents learn the uses of power and its limits. They can insist on certain outward behavior but cannot change inner attitudes. They can require obedience but not goodness - and certainly not love. — Philip Yancey

As Ecclesiastes tells it, a wholesale devotion to pleasure will, paradoxically, lead to a state of utter despair. — Philip Yancey

Across time and generations, books carry the thoughts and feelings, the essence, of the human spirit. — Philip Yancey

The shift in American society from admiring Christians to fearing and criticizing them provides an opportunity for self-reflection. How have we been presenting the message we believe in? Might there be a more grace-filled way? — Philip Yancey

Jesus represents a point of common ground an esteemed rabbi to the Jew, a god to the Hindu, an enlightened one to the Buddhist, a great prophet to the Muslim. Even to the New Age guru, Jesus is the pinnacle of God-consciousness. At the same time, Jesus is the divider. None but Christians see Him as a member of the Godhead on an exclusive mission to repair the broken world. — Philip Yancey

Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more . . . And grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us less — Philip Yancey

Goodness cannot be imposed externally, from the top down; it must grow internally, from the bottom up. — Philip Yancey

I think God isn't interested in intervening every time some little bad thing happens. God is interested in getting the message of good news and love and comfort and hope across through people like us, ordinary people, or extraordinary people like Bono. — Philip Yancey

People instinctively know the difference between something done with a profit motive and something done with a love motive. — Philip Yancey

Whoever desires to remain faithful to Jesus must communicate faith as he did, not by compelling assent but by presenting it as a true answer to basic thirst. Rather than looking back nostalgically on a time when Christians wielded more power, I suggest another approach: that we regard ourselves as subversives operating within the broader culture. — Philip Yancey

Christians are not perfect, by any means, but they can be people made fully alive. — Philip Yancey

Jesus was a master of grace: he attracted sinners and moral outcasts even as he offended the religious and responsible people of his day. — Philip Yancey

Power can do everything but the most important thing: it cannot control love. — Philip Yancey

People who think they are free eventually end up slaves to their own desires, and those who give their freedom away to the only One you can trust with that freedom eventually get it back. — Philip Yancey

Pleasure represents a great good but also a grave danger. — Philip Yancey

Christians have an important role to play in contending that no human life is "devoid of value." We can do so through courageous protest, as happened in Germany, as well, as in compassionate care for the most vulnerable members of society, as Mother Teresa did. In both approaches theology - what one believes about God and human life - matters. The world desperately needs that good news. — Philip Yancey

God does not accept me conditionally, on the basis of my performance, but bestows his love and forgiveness freely, despite my innumerable failures. — Philip Yancey

Thunderously, inarguably, the Sermon on the Mount proves that before God we all stand on level ground: murderers and temper-throwers, adulterers and lusters, thieves and coveters. We are all desperate, and that is in fact the only state appropriate to a human being who wants to know God. Having fallen from the absolute Ideal, we have nowhere to land but in the safety net of absolute grace. — Philip Yancey

Grace is a free gift of God, but to receive a gift you must have open hands. — Philip Yancey

Be salt, and a little bit of salt keeps the whole society from going rancid. — Philip Yancey

Whatever else we may say about it, the atonement fulfills the Jewish principle that only one who has been hurt can forgive. At Calvary, God chose to be hurt. — Philip Yancey

The presence of another caring person doubles the amount of pain a person can endure. — Philip Yancey

... we need to reclaim the "goodnewness" of the gospel, and the best place to start is to rediscover the good news ourselves. — Philip Yancey

As a writer, I play with words all day long. I toy with them, listen for their overtones, crack them open, and try to stuff my thoughts inside. — Philip Yancey

People want to go back to those old days, but it's probably not going to happen. — Philip Yancey

The world is not against you, but the world is a place where bad things happen. It's just true. Airlines crash, people do evil things. A lot of bad things happen and it causes pain. — Philip Yancey

I have yet to find any support in the Bible for an attitude of smugness: Ah, they deserve their punishment; watch them squirm. — Philip Yancey

Life Lessons by Philip Yancey

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  1. Philip Yancey's work emphasizes the importance of grace and mercy in our lives, showing us that we can find strength and hope in our faith.
  2. Through his writings, Yancey encourages us to think deeply about our beliefs and how they shape our lives.
  3. He also encourages us to be open to different perspectives and to strive for understanding and compassion in our relationships with others.

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