The "reckless raging fury that they call the love of God"

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May 12, 2009 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments

Recognizing the “reckless raging fury that they call the love of God” in the face of Jesus proved to be decisive in my life and the single most powerful source of spiritual, mental, and psychological change in my ego-driven and broken life. Biblical scholar John McKenzie explains:

We recognize that the person whom we have encountered speaks to our innermost being, supplies our needs, satisfies our desires. We recognize that this person gives life meaning. I do not say a new meaning simply, for we realize that before we encountered this person life had no real meaning. We recognize that this person has revealed to us not only himself, but our own true self as well. We recognize that we cannot be our own true self except by union with this person. In him, the obscure is illuminated, the uncertain yields to the certain, insecurity is replaced by a deep sense of security. In him we find we have received an understanding of many things which baffled us. We recognize in his person strength and power which we can sense passing from him to us. Most certainly, if most obscurely, we recognize that in this person we have encountered God, and that we shall not encounter God in any other way. (Quoted by Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God, 67-68)

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