In early February 1974 I was facing the biggest decision of my life. I was convinced through reading the New Testament that Jesus really was the Son of God. But I did not want to be a Christian as I feared that I would lose my freedom. The last things that I associated with faith were love and freedom. In fact, the opposite was the case. I associated faith with losing my freedom. I thought that God would want me to stop doing all the things that were fun and that I enjoyed.
For many people today, freedom and love are the last things in the world that they associate with faith. In fact, I have discovered over the last 40 years, and as we see in today’s passages, that true faith leads to freedom and love. Love, faith and freedom are inextricably entwined.