Friday, May 8, 2009

Manning Quotes

"In contrast to the domesticated, feel-good Jesus of TV evangelism, who is committed to our financial prosperity, the Christ of John's gospel who has made His home in us invites us to walk with Him daily in humble service even unto death. We may have acquired graduate degrees; we may have mastered biblical principles; we may hold roles of secular and spiritual leadership; and we may have authored books on Christian maturity; and our wits may have been sharpened on the Carborundum [abrasive] wheel of the world. So much the better if they have elicited raw faith, so much the worse for those on the inside track who dismiss union, fusion, and symbiosis [with God] as merely sophisticated metaphors not to be taken literally." (73)

"Words, like anything else used too often, soon depreciate in value, lose their edge, and cease to bite into our lives." (74)

"The revolutionary thinking that God loves me as I am and not as I should be requires radical rethinking and profound emotional readjustment." (75)

"Jesus said you are to love one another as I have loved you, a love that will possibly lead to the bloody, anguished gift of yourself; a love that forgives seventy times seven, that keeps no score of wrongdoing. Jesus said this, this love, is the one criterion, the sole norm, the standard of discipleship in the New Israel of God. He said you're going to be identified as His disciples, not because of your church-going, Bible-toting, or song-singing. No, you'll be identified as His by one sign only: the deep and delicate respect for one another, the cordial love impregnated with reverence for the sacred dimension of the human personality because of the mysterious substitution of Christ for the Christian." (86)

"The apostle Paul may have understood the mind of Jesus better than anyone who ever lived. He sums up his whole understanding of the message of Jesus in Galatians 5:6 when he writes, 'the only thing that matters is the faith that expresses itself in love.' According to Paul's criterion for greatness in the New Israel of God, the person who is most Christlike, closest to the heart of Abba, is not the one who spends the most time in prayer. It's not the one who has the most PhDs. It's not the one who has the most responsibility entrusted to his care. It's not the pastor of the biggest megachurch. No, it's the one who loves the most. That's not my opinion. Those are the words in Galatians 5 that will judge us." (87-8) 

[ Quoted from The Furious Longing of God ]

7 comments:

Alex said...

I found your blog from Angie's blog, "Bring the Rain". Great post. I just finished reading the furious longing of God and I'm grateful for Brennan Manning's ability to put words to these things. Praying for you and your family.

sheila said...

Sending Nicol extra prayers & love this weekend. God Bless each of you. In God's love, sheila

Pipsylou said...

A great reminder to tuck back into my Manning books, instead of mindlessly watching television, as I am wont to do.

Why, on some days, does it seem so simple, and others, I just grasp to understand?

If you could explain THAT one to me, I would be eternally grateful. :)

Celie said...

Amen! That's the gospel preach/teach it Greg. I continue to lift your family to our heavenly father. Shattered, broken, mostly sorrowful Redeemed, esteemed and fully alive in Christ! Father God bind up the brokenhearted give comfort give beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

I ask you to pray for a young man Derrick, a 22 yr. single father of 3 yr. old. He broke his neck diving into to shallow of water. He had surgery Tuesday. I got to visit him last night he is doing well. He has use of his hands can move his feet. Starts rehab next week, my prayer for full redeeming of this season I had the honor a few years ago seeing him trust Christ as savior. Last night he was so tender with tears of the joy of the Lord that God is ministering to his heart and body, beside himself that God has manifested himself to him.
Celie

Anonymous said...

Jesus loves you.
This I know.
For the Bible tells me so!
Little ones to Him belong.
We are weak,
but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves you.
Yes, Jesus loves you.
Yes, Jesus loves you.
The Bible tells me so!

Janine (txmomx6) said...

Thanks, Greg .... as always, for sharing.
All three of you are never far from my thoughts and prayers.
Janine

Kristy said...

Thanks Greg, I really needed to hear this right now. We are struggling with a family member whose needs are overwhelming. It is costing us time and money - and it is beginning to (sorry) get on my nerves. I have been praying about my attitude, and reading that above all, I am to love others and be loving (and keep no record of wrongs) is like an answer to prayer.