Bible Book = ‘1-john’
God lavishes us with his endless love, and adopts us into his family, making us co-heirs with Jesus himself.
In the Upper Story God is weaving what will one day be a beautiful tapestry. In the Lower Story it’s like the back of a tapestry: a tangled mess.
How do we get from Peter the denier, full of shame and regret - to Peter the apostle, leader of the early church?
Jesus died willingly. He was not forced to die by an angry or cruel God. He knew the cost, he knew the pain, and yet he still gave himself freely, for you and for me.
Paul’s describes deep, sacrificial love - but how often churches are full of niceness rather than love, acquaintances rather than brothers and sisters, pretending rather than sharing.