Knowing Who We Really Are

This is taken straight from Brennan Manning’s devotional: Reflections for Ragamuffins. I really liked it and thought I would share.

Jesus’ freedom from public opinion and the nagging concern of what others might think enabled him to live with honesty and spontaneity. There could be no facade, no mask, no pretense, no sham, no playing of roles. For the Nazarene Carpenter, to have integrity meant to be genuine, to communicate authentically, to resonate with his feelings.
The injunction of Paul to “put on Christ” explicitly means not to conform to the spirit of this passing age. With utter single-mindedness and purity of heart, Jesus sought only to please his Father. He was unconcerned about projecting a “nice guy” image and surely not paranoid about hurting anyone’s feelings or stepping on any toes. He knew who he was, and he permitted nothing and no one to stand in his way of being himself.

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