I am completely obsessed with the newest Disney movie, Frozen! It is probably my all time favorite! :) If you haven't seen the movie this post will be chock full of major spoilers so please do not continue reading until you have watched it!
One of Frozen's main themes is love. Remember this scene?
I hope so because it's a really great one but for those of you who don't know, Anna confesses to Olaf that she doesn't even know what love is and Olaf responds with his own definition: Love is putting someone else's needs before yours.
I believe this definition is spot on and is depicted beautifully in Frozen and well as in the Bible. Below I've complied 3 examples from Frozen with connections to Jesus's love for us!
1) Elsa's love for Anna:
Many people interpret Elsa shutting Anna out as cruel because that's the way Anna sees it but in reality, Elsa was not spitefully shutting her out the exact opposite. Elsa condemned herself to a life of loneliness and isolation in order to protect her sister. Hiding her powers from Anna was the last thing she wanted to do (as we see in her conversation with Grand Pabbie troll) but because of the trolls warning she did it out of love for Anna. Later, when the pain and sadness was over, Anna finally understood the great love her older sister had for her because she knew the whole story. This is very similar to what Jesus's disciples must have felt like when Jesus died on the cross. They had spent the past three years following this guy and they knew that He was capable of saving His own life but He didn't do it. If I were a friend of Jesus at that point I probably would have felt like He was purposefully abandoning me without any explanation. However, once He rose, His great love for all of us becomes clear because we, at last, understand the whole story.
2) Kristoff's love for Anna:
Olaf's example of love is how "Kristoff brought you back here to Hans and left you forever." This example of love is so genuine and true in every aspect. If you really love someone, you are never going to keep them prisoner in any sense of the word. Even if letting them go isn't what you view as the right decision or is painful for you, giving someone freedom is a necessary part of loving someone. God gives us the freedom to choose to love Him back and accept his gift in Jesus, or not to. When we choose to love Him He is overjoyed and delighted but he is not going to force us to make that decision. And when we don't, when we choose to push Him away, He agonizes over the loss of His beloved creation but does not force our path or decisions. In the end the choice is ours not matter how much pain and sadness He endures because of it.
3) Anna's love for Elsa:
Anna love Elsa enough to give her life for her. Even though she doesn't feel that Elsa returns that love, she is still willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for her older sister. This is very similar to Jesus's sacrifice for us. He gave His life and pride, He underwent torturous physical pain and spiritual agony all on our behalf fully aware that we aren't even capable of loving Him back in the same way.
Hope you enjoyed the connections! And here's some Biblical love to finish off the post: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).