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Friday, February 12, 2016

Jesus said, "Love one another as I have loved you"

Jesus said you are to love one another as I have loved you, a love that will possibly lead to the bloody, anguished gift of yourself; a love that forgives seventy times seven, that keeps no score of wrong doing.  Jesus said this, this love, is the one criterion, the sole norm, the standard of discipleship in the New Israel of God.  He said you're going to be identified as His disciples, not because of your church-going, Bible-toting, or song-singing.  No, you'll be identified as His by one sign only: the deep and delicate respect for one another, the cordial love impregnated with reverence for the sacred dimension of the human personality because of the mysterious substitution of Christ for Christian.

- Brennan Manning from "The Furious Longing of God", p. 86.  David C. Cook Publisher, 2009.