I am a big fan of Brennon Manning. He may be best known for his book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel.” However, he has several other works that are stellar in their understanding of God’s heart for His children. Here is a quote from his 2004 work, “The Signature of Jesus.” Ponder it. It’s powerful:
“If we take all the goodness, wisdom and compassion of the best mothers and fathers who have ever loved, they would only be a faint shadow of the love and mercy in the heart of the redeeming God.“
“Since the incarnation, the question is no longer Is Jesus God-like? but Is God Jesus-like?” – Brennon Manning
So goes Brennon’s question from “Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God.”
It would seem – by a secret law of the soul – the way we live or feel about our lives is governed by the way we see God. In “The Knowledge of the Holy” A.W. Tozer said, “What we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
We can know a good deal about God from Old Testament Scriptures. But we can only truly know God by watching Jesus Christ.
It’s easy to gloss that statement and give it mental assent. My challenge is that we look at Jesus more deeply with the eyes of quiet gazing, slower pondering. Lift up the stories of Him before the eyes of your heart until He moves within your consciousness…until His reality moves you. It’s when the heart begins to experience something beyond the brain’s calculations that we actually begin the reality of knowing.
Hebrews 1:3 tells us that Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory and the EXACT REPRESENTATION of His being.
Caution: Jesus is not a super-sized, mega image of the best man we might be able to conceive. He’s also not an attorney working feverishly to keep God from destroying us. He’s beyond comprehension and comparison to images of natural invention. However, even in our incompleteness of understanding, God truly is Jesus-like.
Your vision of God will shape your day, today! Get that vision by watching Jesus.
Deep and delicate respect for one another. That’s how Brennon Manning in his book, “The Furious Longing of God,” describes the only true way that people will recognize true Christianity. I got to thinking…
The source of anything good originates in God. Therefore…
Deep and delicate respect had to originate in the heart of God, first. It’s not a human invention. So…
We all know the importance of “respect.” But, how can we truly give it? By embracing the source of deep and delicate respect. In other words, we embrace the fact that God’s love for us can also be described as “deep and delicate respect for us.” So…
Know this: God’s love embraces you with deep and delicate respect. Not the person you wish you were, or the person you should be. God’s love embraces YOU (as you are) with deep and delicate respect. Right here. Right now. S0…
If you want to move out of the “poor self image zone” into the beautiful field of “What Can Be,” (cuz He won’t leave you in the squalor of self hate) accept the deep and delicate respect of God’s love for you...as you are right now. That acceptance will lift you like magic to a higher place….recognizing you are seated with Jesus in heavenly places.
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