Monday, March 5, 2012

Movie Quote Monday-"Just as You Are"

Note: I have run this Movie Quote Monday devotion before. But I have also edited it, and received feedback from my writer's critique group. I didn't realize I had until after I had worked on it. But I'm going to go ahead and post it anyway. I'm just excited that I did some writing this weekend. Even if it turned out to be a repeat.

Today’s Feature: Bridget Jones Diary, 2001

Memorable Quote:

Mark Darcy: I like you, very much.                          

Bridget: Ah, apart from the smoking and the drinking, the vulgar mother ah, verbal diarrhea.

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

Biblical Connection: 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, she’s a foul-mouthed drinker and smoker. She has no career to speak of, no love life, and she’s almost 30. She fumbles through life trying to make something of it and not embarrass herself in the process. It seems to be easier said than done for Bridget. Then there’s Mark Darcy; sophisticated, educated, professional, and wealthy. Their paths cross several times over the course of a year, each time the hope of love drawing nearer. Each time, however Bridget manages to feel foolish for something she does or says in his presence.

This memorable line is spoken in the last scene of the movie, when in another embarrassing moment; Bridget has chased and caught up with Mark on the snowy street wearing only her underwear, a sweater and her running shoes. After hearing Marks words, Bridget has an epiphany. Her attempts to become worthy of Mark’s love, were in vain. He loves her, flaws and all.

Many of us go through life feeling like Bridget, 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 have all done or said things that we regret or that are embarrassing. We all have regrets in our life.   

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

Jesus spent His three years of ministry with just that, sinners. He didn’t seek out good and perfect people who were worthy, he did just the opposite. He sought out the imperfect, flawed and fumbling people. The people everyone else said should be written off, or even discarded because of their behavior.

And He loved them.

No matter how bad you think you are. No matter what you have done. Jesus loves you, completely and 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.

Thank you for stopping by today.


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