MONDAY, JUNE 11
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved,”
Ephesians 2:4, 5 ESV
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: WHAT YOU SEE
A bus carrying only ugly people crashed into an oncoming truck, and everyone inside died. As they stand at the Pearly Gates God decides to grant each person one wish because of the grief they have experienced. They’re all lined up, and God asks the first one what the wish is. “I want to be gorgeous,” and so God snaps His fingers, and it is done. The second one in line hears this and says, “I want to be gorgeous too.” Another snap of His fingers and the wish is granted. This goes on for a while with each one asking to be gorgeous, but when God is halfway down the line, the last guy in the line starts laughing. Finally, God reaches this last guy and asks him what his wish will be. The guy eventually calms down and says: “Make ’em all ugly again.”
This week we are continuing our At the Movies sermon series. The movie this week was Beauty and the Beast and we explored God’s plan for healthy marriages. In the film, Beauty saw beyond the hairy, drooling, roaring exterior of the Beast; she saw something worthwhile. She fell in love with him. And because Beauty loved the Beast, the Beast became more beautiful.
The Bible reminds us in Ephesians 2:4-5 that God loved us greatly even when we were sinners. God didn’t necessarily love us because we were beautiful, but He loved us because He is “rich in mercy.” There will be ugly moments in marriage. However, any healthy relationship must follow God’s example and be “rich in mercy.”
Can you think of any recent “ugly” moments in your marriage or relationships? Did you respond by focusing on the “ugly” or focusing on God’s mercy? Can you remember a time when someone showed you mercy? How did it make you feel? Typically, when we’ve been shown mercy it evokes a sense of humility and gratitude that changes the tone of the relationship. Ask God to help you see areas where a little mercy can improve the tone of your relationships.