The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

“The American Church today accepts grace in theory but denies it in practice.” Grace is one of the most foundational elements in Christianity; in fact, grace from the Lord is probably the most noticeable difference between Christianity and other religions.  Grace, an unmerited gift from the Lord, is the central message of Jesus. The church ought to be a refuge for broken men and women and a “hospital for sinners.”

Churches in America have lost sight of grace. Distracted by self-righteousness and neo-legalism, the Church has forgotten to love. Even in our attempts to do good works, we are perpetuating legalism instead of accepting God’s grace. When we push away the destitute, we push away Jesus who constantly surrounded himself with outcasts. Why is it easy for the social outsiders to accept grace? They are not too proud to accept a free gift. 

God’s grace should transform your life. Being loved so unconditionally by God ought to move you. God loves me. Why do I seem to lose that truth throughout the day? I am always worried I am doing something that has upset God, but in reality there is nothing I can do that will lower God’s love for me. Conversely, there is nothing I can do that will increase God’s love for me. No one can love me more than God. 

Brennan Manning, a self-confessed lowly sinner, eloquently writes about the wonderful world of grace. Anyone who feels like they have lost sight of the amazing grace of God ought to read this book.

“Do you really accept the message that God is head over heels in love with you?”