True Love in the Movies
This story helps us understand God's forgiveness and love. The Israelites kept turning their backs on him, but yet he would always take them back even though they didn't deserve another shot.
My own heart strays from God at times, but God is eagerly waiting to love and forgive. His love is unconditional because true love "keeps no record of wrongs" (1 Corinthians 13:5, NIV).
Passion and Joy
Noah Calhoun must introduce himself to his wife, Allie, every day in The Notebook. After more than 50 years together, Allie has lost her memory and doesn't remember or even recognize him. Still, Noah is passionately in love with Allie. In fact, he moves into her nursing home, lets her think he's a friend, and reads daily to her about their love story from her old notebook.
Noah's joyous and pursuing love for Allie is nothing new. As a teen, he danced with her in the middle of the street, wrote her a letter every day for a year, and rebuilt the house she loved. Noah was, and still is, desperate to be with Allie. In fact, when Noah's children want him to get on with his life, he tells them, "That's my sweetheart in there. I'm not leaving her."
I wish for someone to be desperate for me like that. I hope for someone to be so joyful and passionate to be near me. And I think I feel this way partly because it reminds me of God's constant, passionate and sacrificial love for me.
Noah sacrifices his final days to be with his wife, but Christ sacrificed his life so we could live eternally with him. Now that's passion. Christ longs for us to be with him and is passionate about us living with him one day. That is joy. Because of the Lord's commitment to us, we can be assured that Christ's true, pursuing, and joyous love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" (1 Corinthians 13:7, NIV).
When Runaway Bride's Maggie realizes she can't live without the only man she has ever loved, she decides to commit. She goes to her love's apartment and hands him a box. "I'm turning in my running shoes to you," she says.
We, like Maggie, long to be truly loved. Our hearts are stirred by stories of selflessness, genuine intimacy, forgiveness and passion. We want romance, but God also uses those desires for true unconditional love to call us closer to him. All we have to do is stop running and accept God's ultimate and unbeatable love.
The movies mentioned in this article are used as examples only. Please check with your parents before seeing these movies.
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