We’ve spent a few chapters now talking about what it means to be a beloved child of God. We’ve discussed how God as a Trinity is important to our concept of love. The Father, Son, and Spirit have loved each other for eternity, and we are brought into their love. We are invited to love, to be loved, and to belong. In His choosing to love us we have been set free through an amazing infusion of His grace.
This chapter discusses how we are set free to love God and others boldly. Sometimes we think we have nothing to offer, or that we can’t love someone as much as Jesus. That’s true, we need this infusion of Grace, because our love by itself is not enough, but His love is always enough. Therefore when we love someone we aren’t offering our own love, but His. God doesn’t give us his love for the sole purpose of our receiving, but so that we can love Him, and so that we can give it to others.
This chapter shares the story of Jesus who loved boldly. It also shares the stories of Mother Theresa, and Sarah, two women who loved others with a profound and tangible love. For Jesus, this love led Him to redeem creation and to the cross. For Mother Theresa this love led her around the world to care for others, and for Sarah it led her to public transportation where she could meet and love others. God leads each of us into His loving relationship and guides each of us into other relationships where we can love others boldly.
1. Review pages 102–4. Discuss the role grace plays in our lives, as we are becoming people who love the world the way Jesus does?
2. In this chapter God is described as the first object of our love. Rick then explains that we love our Triune God in the face of Jesus, and we love Jesus in the face other people. Do you agree with this description? Discuss.
3. Think about Sarah, who made a choice to ride public transportation in order to see the face of Jesus in the face of others. What can you begin to do in order to see the face of Jesus in the face of others? To love others by joining Jesus as he loves them?