Monday, September 12, 2011

Movie Quote Monday

Today’s Feature: Bridget Jones Diary, 2001

 Mark Darcy: I like you, very much.
Bridget Jones: Ah, apart from the smoking and the drinking, the vulgar mother and... ah, the verbal diarrhea.

Mark Darcy: No, I like you very much. Just as you are.

Matthew 9:10 (ESV) And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples.

Poor Bridget. Almost 30, no career, no love life, foul mouthed drinker and smoker. Fumbling through life trying to make something of her life and not ambarass herself in the process. Seems to be easier said than done for Bridget.  Then there’s Mark Darcy. Sophisticated, educated, professional, wealthy, and also a bit aloof. After crossing paths several times over the course of a year, it looks as if they may have a chance at love together. It is at the end of the movie after in true Bridge fashion, she ends up chasing him down the street in the snow wearing a sweater and only her underwear, that this line is spoken. At that moment Bridget realizes something. All of her attempts to change herself to become worthy of love, were in vain. Mark loves her anyway, flaws and all.

Many of us go through life feeling like we are unworthy. We believe the lies that say we cannot be loved unless we are_____________(fill in the blank). But none of us are perfect. We all have done things, said things, neglected things. We all have regrets in our life, things that are embarrassing. 

We are all sinners. That doesn’t mean that we are unworthy of love.

Jesus spent most of his time during the three years of his ministry with just that, sinners. He didn’t seek out only perfect people to preach to, in fact he said just the opposite “it is not the healthy that need a physician” (my phrasing). He came for imperfect people. He loved the unlovable. He died for sinners.

No matter how bad you think you are. No matter what you have done.

Jesus loves you,

completely,

whole heartedly,

without conditions,

just as you are.


Additional Scripture:

Romans 15:7 (NASB) Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
Colossians 3:13 (NASB) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

John 3:16 (ESV) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8(ESV) but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.



Josey

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