What is love – true love? Is it something that can be forced? Is it an emotion we can simply conjure up?
Think for a moment of a mother and her newborn baby. She doesn’t have to try to muster up an attitude of caring for her child. A natural affection for her new son or daughter simply springs up within her heart – untaught, and unprompted.
It’s the same way with loving God and others. As we grow in our relationship with God, and get to know Him better, we will fall in love with Him more and more, simply because of who He is. His love will fill our hearts, causing us to truly love those around us.
Love that is forced isn’t true love. It’s a mere sense of duty or obligation, by which our actions are governed. It proves but a poor substitute for the genuine. If we are simply acting a certain way because we feel that it is the right thing to do, it won’t likely last as long as if it were true affection, birthed out of a knowledge of the amazing love of God.
When our love for God becomes a response to a real understanding of how much He loves us, and our love for others is simply an overflowing of His love filling our hearts, that love will be far more true, lasting, and genuine than anything we could conjure up on our own.
Where does your love for God and for others come from? Does it spring from your own efforts, or from your Heavenly Father’s love for you? To truly love God and others with an affection that’s sincere and genuine, draw closer to the One who loves you the most!
Since its release, Disney’s animated movie Frozen has become extremely popular. Many have enjoyed watching it, time and again. Remakes of the song “Let It Go” have been popping up all over. Tons of people have had fun laughing over the antics of Olaf, a snowman from the movie who is quite the character!
While watching the movie, I noticed that its storyline demonstrates some truths from God’s Word. Here is what I took away from Frozen –
- Elsa’s struggle with controlling her powers reminded me of Paul’s struggle with sin, spoken of in Romans 7:15-24.
- When Elsa ran away to the mountain after everyone found out about her powers, and began to let them loose, she thought that she was finally free. In reality, she was still trapped in isolation. There are those who think true freedom is being able to live however they want. Just like Elsa wasn’t truly free until she learned that love was the answer to obtaining mastery over her powers, we aren’t truly free until we have allowed ourselves to be set free by the love of our Savior. True freedom is found in Christ alone!
- The way that Anna would stop at nothing to help her sister break free of the isolation and fear she’d been living under for so long, eventually sacrificing herself to that end, reminded me of how Christ pursues us, and went even to the point of laying down His life for us.
- When Elsa accidentally froze Anna’s heart, the troll said that only an act of true love could thaw a frozen heart. The act of true love that saved Anna was her risking her own life to save Elsa from being killed by the man who was trying to take over their kingdom. This reminded me of John 15:13, which says that no man has greater love than the laying down of their life for their friends. True love is self-sacrificial. That is the kind of love Anna showed to her sister, and that is the kind of love Christ has shown to us.
- The love Anna showed to Elsa completely changed her. In the same way, it is the love of Christ that brings about true change in our lives.
This is what I took away from the movie Frozen. Have you seen the movie? What do you like best about it?