By Brennan Manning from Reflections for Ragamuffins:
The relentless tenderness of Jesus challenges us to give up our false faces, our petty conceits, our irritating vanities, our preposterous pretending and become card-carrying members of the messy human community. Jesus calls us to be tender with one another because He is tender. He invites us into the fellowship of saved sinners wherein our identity and glory lie not in titles, trinkets, honorary degrees, and imaginary differences, but in our “new self” in Christ irrevocably bonded to our brothers and sisters in the family of God.
As the first letter of Paul puts its, we are “partakers of the divine nature,” caught up in the very life of God himself, enabled to transcend our automatic emotions of fear, distaste, and all the judgmental junk we carry, empowered to be unrelentingly tender as the Lion-Lamb is relentless and tender.
And His compassion knows no frontiers or boundaries and extends to all. Even to myself.