Christlikeness Quotes

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A.W. Tozer
“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine

Brennan Manning
“The unwounded life bears no resemblance to the Rabbi.”
Brennan Manning, Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging

E.M. Bounds
“The preacher must have, "bonds of a servant with the spirit of a king, a king in high, royal, independent bearing, with the simplicity and sweetness of a child.”
E.M. Bounds

C.S. Lewis
“Putting on Christ'...is not one among many jobs a Christian has to do; and it is not a sort of special exercise for the top class. It is the whole of Christianity. Christianity offers nothing else at all.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

A.W. Tozer
“When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety.”
A.W. Tozer

Dallas Willard
“Jesus never expected us simply to turn the other cheek, go the second mile, bless those who persecute us, give unto them that ask, and so forth. These responses, generally and rightly understood to be characteristic of Christlikeness, were put forth by him as illustrative of what might be expected of a new kind of person – one who intelligently and steadfastly seeks, above all else, to live within the rule of God and be possessed by the kind of righteousness that God himself has, as Matthew 6:33 portrays. Instead, Jesus did invite people to follow him into that sort of life from which behavior such as loving one’s enemies will seem like the only sensible and happy thing to do. For a person living that life, the hard thing to do would be to hate the enemy, to turn the supplicant away, or to curse the curser… True Christlikeness, true companionship with Christ, comes at the point where it is hard not to respond as he would.”
Dallas Willard

Katy Kauffman
“The meek don't give up their power to "win" in order to be godly--they give up using their power to harm.”
Katy Kauffman, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character

J.I. Packer
“To summarize, then, it appears that Christian holiness is a number of things together. It has both outward and inward aspects. Holiness is a matter of both action and motivation, conduct and character, divine grace and human effort, obedience and creativity, submission and initiative, consecration to God and commitment to people, self-discipline and self-giving, righteousness and love. It is a matter of Spirit-led law-keeping, a walk, or course of life, in the Spirit that displays the fruit of the Spirit (Christlikeness of attitude and disposition). It is a matter of seeking to imitate Jesus' way of behaving, through depending on Jesus for deliverance from carnal self-absorption and for discernment of spiritual needs and possibilities.”
J.I. Packer, Rediscovering Holiness

“The renovation and mending process will be worth every ounce of energy spent to become more godly from the inside out.”
Dawn Owens, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character

Julie Lavender
“Wherever change takes me, I want to meet God there and worship Him with my thoughts and actions and words and deeds.”
Julie Lavender, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character

Jared Brock
“Prayer is about steeping in the Spirit of a God so loving that He totally changes you.”
Jared Brock, A Year of Living Prayerfully: How a Curious Traveler Met the Pope, Walked on Coals, Danced with Rabbis, and Revived His Prayer Life

Rick Warren
“Christlikeness is not produced by imitation, but by inhabitation.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

René Girard
“The commandment to imitate Jesus does not appear suddenly in a world exempt from imitation; rather it is addressed to everyone that mimetic rivalry has affected. Non-Christians imagine that to be converted they must renounce an autonomy that all people possess naturally, a freedom and independence that Jesus would like to take away from them. In reality, once we imitate Jesus, we discover that our aspiration to autonomy has always made us bow down before individuals who may not be worse than we are but who are nonetheless bad models because we cannot imitate them without falling with them into the trap of rivalries in which we are ensnarled more and more.”
René Girard, I See Satan Fall Like Lightning

Katy Kauffman
“When we ask Jesus for help and choose 'flight' over 'grounded,' He builds within us a loyalty to God that overcomes all opposing forces.”
Katy Kauffman, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character