Jesus' tenderness is not in any way determined by how we pray or what we are or do. In order to free us for compassion toward others, Jesus calls us to accept His compassion in our own lives; to become gentle, caring, compassionate, and forgiving toward ourselves in our failures and need.
— The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
I will have more to write on this topic in coming weeks, but for now I wanted to post this quote. It has been fantastic so far and one of the most important, timely books I have read in a while. Re-read that first sentence and let it sink in.
Update: See the follow-up post, Accepting Grace.