We were recently at the Boulevard Mall for a trick or treat event with our children. My oldest daughter really wanted to dress up as Fawn, one of Tinker Bell’s fairy friends. Fawn is not a popular costume option, so my wife made a costume for her.
She was excited about her costume until she got to the mall and noticed the hundreds of other girls around her age that were all dressed as Elsa from Frozen. It seemed like every other girl was dressed this way and Addie immediately regretted her decision.
If you don’t know, one of Elsa’s signature moments in the movie is when she sings the song “Let It Go.” It’s a song about leaving behind the expectations and weights of others and starting over. There’s something powerful about letting go of all those burdens that you are carrying and starting over.
“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Luke 6:27-28
Love is all about letting go. Our natural, human response to people who mistreat or hurt us is not good. Anger, bitterness, resentment, frustration—these are the hallmarks of sin’s response to being hurt. But what about love?
Jesus tells us that love’s response is vastly different. We tend to take on that hurt and pain, letting it define who we are and control our actions. Even after the person is long in our past, we continue to hold onto the grievance. It becomes a millstone around our necks that pulls us down into dark places.
But in Christ, we can choose to “let it go.” Love lets go of the hurt and pain, and responds with kindness, even—maybe especially—when they don’t deserve it. Love lets go of offense, offering forgiveness instead.