weekend treasure - on a monday

"Do we really hear what Paul is saying [in Eph 3:17-19] ?  Stretch, man, stretch!  Let go of impoverished, circumscribed, and finite perceptions of God.  The love of Christ is beyond all knowledge, beyond anything we can intellectualize or imagine.  It is not a mild benevolence but a consuming fire.  Jesus is so unbearably forgiving, so infinitely patient, and so unendingly loving that He provides us with the resources we need to live lives of gracious response.  "Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infintely more than we can ask or imagine."  (Eph. 3:20)

Does it sound like an easy religion?

Love has its own exigencies.  It weighs and counts nothing but expects everything.  Perhaps that explains our reluctance to risk.  We know only too well that the gospel of grace is an irresistible call to love the same way.  No wonder so many of us elect to surrender our souls to rules than to living in union with Love." 

Brennan Manning - The Ragamuffin Gospel