“What if all the great stories that have ever moved you, brought you joy or tears – what if they are telling you something about the true Story into which you were born, the Epic into which you have been cast?” – John Eldredge, Epic: The Story God is Telling
Day 1: Read 2 Corinthians 15:14. Beauty and the Beast speaks of the growing power of compelled love. What pulls you to live for yourself? How do you know Christ’s love compels you to live for God? For others?
Day 2: Read 2 Corinthians 5:15. Belle’s sacrifice to set her father free lets the Beast see that true love involves sacrifice. Along with Jesus, where have you seen examples of sacrificial love? How can you be an example of sacrificial love to “the beasts” in your life?
Day 3: Read 2 Corinthians 5:16. Belle’s sacrifice for her father moves the Beast to risk his life to save her, and later to risk his life never changing, by letting her go free. Sometimes love means letting go. Where might God’s love be calling you to let go? How do Paul’s words in this verse describe a love that let's go in his day and our day?
Day 4: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Belle’s gift of love brings transformation to the Beast and to his enslaved servants. How have you seen love change someone? How has God’s love changed you?
Day 5: Read 2 Corinthians 5:20. How does the image of ambassador describe what God wants you to be and to do each day?
Day 6: Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. How does Paul answer the question – “who could ever learn to love a beast?” Where do you find it easy to love the beast? Challenging?
You can GO DEEPER this week by reading the book Epic: The Story God is Telling by John Eldredge.