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Favorite quotes from “The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus,” by Brennan Manning

Relentless Tenderness--Manning coverHere are some of my favorite quotes from Brennan Manning’s  book, The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, a book I treasure  (Buy link):

(Important note: It is easy for quotes, free of context, to be misunderstood or misconstrued. You are invited  to explore the complete text to gain full context. Also, I will keep adding quotes as I continue reading, so  bookmark this link and check back regularly.)

1) “‘Concepts create idols,’ wrote Gregory of Nyssa, ‘Only wonder understands anything.'” (p. 12)

2) “‘Some things are understood not by grasping, but by allowing oneself to be grasped.'” (p. 12)

3) “There is a chronic temptation to reduce God to human dimensions, to express Him in manageable ideas.  Human reason seeks to understand, to reduce everything to its own terms. But God is God. He is more than a  superhuman being with an intellect keener than ours and a capacity for loving greater than ours. He is  Unique, Uncreated, Infinite, Totally Other than we are. He surpasses and transcends all human concepts,  considerations and expectations. He is beyond anything we can intellectualize or imagine. That is why God is  a scandal to men and women—because He cannot be comprehended by a finite mind.” (p. 18)

4) “God is God….God is a scandal to men and women because He cannot be comprehended by a finite mind.”  (p. 18)

5) “Expectations are our subtle attempts to control God and manipulate mystery.” (p. 19)

6) “The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the love story of God with us. It begins with unconditional forgiveness: the sole condition is trusting faith.” (p. 22)

7) “Remember Atlas who carries the whole world? We have Christian Atlases who mistakenly carry the burden of trying to deserve God’s love….I’d like to say to Atlas: ‘Put that globe down and dance on it. That’s why God made it.’ And to these weary Christian Atlases: ‘Lay down your load and build your life on God’s love.’ We don’t have to earn this love, neither do we have to support it. It is a free gift.” (pp. 22-23)

8) “Why struggle to do good if God loves so recklessly and foolishly?….Those who truly know the God of Jesus are not likely to ask why they should be laboring for the kingdom while others stand around all day idle. They want life and have found the fullness of life in God Himself…” (p. 23)

9) “The Lord does not cherish us as we deserve—if that were the case, we would be desolate—but as He must. He cannot do otherwise. He is love. Hard as it is for us to believe—because we neither give nor receive love among ourselves in this way—we yet believe, because of the life-death-resurrection of the Carpenter-Messiah, that His Father is more loving, more forgiving, more cherishing than Abraham, Isaac or Jacob could have dreamed.” (pp. 24-25)


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