In This Episode: Manning writes that getting honest with ourselves does not make us unacceptable to God. It does not distance us from God. Rather, it draws us to Him as nothing else can. It opens us anew to God’s flow of grace. When we think we are better than we are, Manning would tell us that our halos are too tight.
What are our motives when it comes to living out our faith? We need to learn to think big about God. We need to renew our minds and see ourselves as God sees us. The Ragamuffin Gospel is about Jesus accepting and loving people right where they are.
Christ came to save us and there’s nothing we do to earn this grace. God accepts us just as we are and this is the ragamuffin part of all of us. This is the picture of God’s love, yet we lean away from His love feeling a little squeamish towards it. Imagine if for a day you saw yourself the way God truly sees you … as one who is loved. Bask in the acceptance of God’s love for you. Believe that He accepts you not because He has to accept you, but He accepts you because He truly loves you. We have peace when God is all we seek.
Join Tommy and John for a discussion of Brennan Manning’s classic book “The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out.” Most believe in God’s grace — in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see God as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet. God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins — dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His furious love.
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