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Ever since I was a
little girl, my favorite Disney princess has been Belle from “Beauty and the
Beast.” Like Belle, my nose was—and still is— always buried in a book. In fact,
I remember wanting to be just like Belle when I was younger.
the story, a beautiful prince was cursed by an old witch and turned into a
beast. In order to break the spell, he must fall in love before the last petal
falls off of the rose. Belle’s father is captured by the Beast and she
sacrifices her life outside of the castle so that her father could be freed.
Over time, she falls in love with the Beast and her love changes him into a
fairy tale even more after realizing that it’s an allegory for our relationship
with Christ. You see, Jesus Christ is Belle and the Beast is you and me.
lines from the introduction of the movie is: “As the years passed, he fell into
despair and lost all hope…For who could ever learn to love a beast?” Who could
ever love us sinners? Thankfully, we don’t need to be in despair because we
have hope in God. He sent his Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross to cover our
sins so that we could have a relationship with Him and have everlasting life in
Heaven with Him. He loved us even before we became Christians. How amazing is
captured by the Beast, she offered to take his place for him, knowing it could
cost her life. Jesus Christ knew that He would die on a cross for our sins and
willingly took our place so that we could be redeemed.
repulsive, yet Belle still manages to see past his exterior and love him. Not
only does he see past our imperfect physical exteriors, Jesus Christ sees past
our sin nature—our naturally sinful hearts—and loves us anyways.
transformed the beast into a new creation, Christ’s love transforms us lowly
sinners into new creations: saints. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if
anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is
here!” (NIV). Just like the Beast couldn’t change himself, we can’t change
ourselves to be more Christ-like without His help.
Christ and our desire as Christians should be to grow more Christ-like, we
should want to be like the characters in this Disney fairy tale. Not
necessarily be princesses, of course, but to let Christ’s love transform us
into new beings. To let Christ’s love be shown through our words and actions.
Think about how amazing our world would be if we treated everyone like the love
Christ has for us.Be more than just your typical Christian. Be a real-life Christian Belle.
This post was originally shared on Girls Living 4 Christ.