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
Perspective Ragamuffin Gospel quotations
A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.
God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am.
Because of this I don't need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make myself presentable to Him. I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness.
In Love's service, only wounded soldiers can serve.
Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved and Jesus loved the poor and Jesus loved the broken.
How glorious the splendor of a human heart that trusts that it is loved!
Define yourself radically as one beloved by God.
This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.
Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh when we learn where the outcast weeps.
When a man or woman is truly honest, it is virtually impossible to insult them personally.
There is a beautiful transparency to honest disciples who never wear a false face and do not pretend to be anything but who they are.
Our huffing and puffing to impress God, our scrambling for brownie points, our thrashing about trying to fix ourselves while hiding our pettiness and wallowing in guilt are nauseating to God and are a flat denial of the gospel of grace.
The temptation of the age is to look good without being good.
The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. 'They won't let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.' 'What are you complaining about?' said God. 'They won't let Me in either.
The beauty of the ragamuffin gospel lies in the insight it offers into Jesus: the essential tenderness of His heart, His way of looking at the world, His mode of relating to you and me. 'If you really want to understand a man, don't just listen to what he says, but watch what he does.
When our inner child is not nurtured and nourished, our minds gradually close to new ideas, unprofitable commitments and the surprises of the Spirit.
If you really want to understand a man, don't just listen to what he says but watch what he does.
I have been seized by the power of a great affection.
When we wallow in guilt, remorse, and shame over real or imagined sins of the past, we are disdaining God's gift of grace.
Reality, truth, and Jesus Christ are incredibly open-ended
The ragamuffin gospel says we can't lose, because we have nothing to lose.
The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all.
Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal.
If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.
False gods - the gods of human understanding - despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. But of course this is almost too incredible for us to accept.
The god who exacts the last drop of blood from his Son so that his just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased, is not the God revealed by and in Jesus Christ. And if he is not the God of Jesus, he does not exist.
The first step in faith is to stop thinking about God at the time of prayer.-
All that is good is ours not by right but by the sheer bounty of a gracious God
Though it is true that the church must always dissociate itself from sin, it can never have any excuse for keeping any sinner at a distance.
The ragamuffin gospel reveals that Jesus forgives sins, including the sins of the flesh; that He is comfortable with sinners who remember how to show compassion; but that He cannot and will not have a relationship with pretenders in the Spirit.
It is for the inconsistent, unsteady disciples whose cheese is falling off their cracker.