For the past few days along with my daily reading and meditation in the Word, I have been reading the book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, by Brennan Manning. Let me share some reflections about living by grace, experiencing the love of God.

  • The disciple who is living by grace, rather than by some set of laws, has undergone a decisive conversion… turning from mistrust to TRUST. The foremost characteristic of living by grace is trust in the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross… As a child of God, I am beloved, loved by the Father and am free to trust.
  • The tendency in legalistic religion of any sort is to mistrust god, to mistrust others and consequently to mistrust ourselves. Our focus then becomes an internal focus, rather than a focus on God.
  • We need a new kind of relationship with the Father that drives our fear and mistrust, anxiety and guilt. A relationship that permits us to be hopeful and joyous, trusting and compassionate.

The gospel of the grace of Jesus Christ calls us to sing of the everyday mystery of intimacy with God. To sing of the spiritual roots of such commonplace experiences as falling in love, telling the truth, raising a child, teaching a calss, forgiving each other after we have hurt each other, standing together in the bad weather of life, of the unexpected serendipitous moment, of the radiance of existence.

Of such is the kingdom of heaven. Of such is the homely mystery of genuine religion in which grace abounds and walks around the edges of our every day experiences

Trust defines the meaning of living by grace… the active expression of God’s love.