We are a people who cried out for freedom. God has heard our cry and continues to listen. His answer is His love.
The world is also crying out for freedom. We can hear the cries of the hearts of people around us. God hears them too, and in setting us free He invites us to take part in his answering their cries. In an earlier chapter we discussed how we are set free to love God and others. When we do this we live a persuasive life, like the apostle Paul, that declares to the world that the Father, Son, and Spirit have come to bring home all who are lost. When we live this persuasive life we show others the love of God that has set us free.
The lost will return home. They will find freedom and love, and the Father will rejoice over his beloved’s return.
1. Describe what you picture in your mind when you think of the church. How does the description in the chapter inform your understanding of the church?
2. Do an honest assessment of your relationship with God. Do you relate to him out of religious duty or out of relational desire? How might each of these approaches affect your being able to live a persuasive life?
3. God’s love has made us new! We have a new hope and a new freedom. We can begin to dream new dreams. What might those dreams for your new life compelled by love look like?
4. You have cried out for freedom. God has heard your cry and continues to listen to it. He has set you free in his love. The world is crying out for freedom, too. Name and talk about one thing from your own experience that you can share with others that are crying out for freedom?