If you follow me on Instagram, you know I recently went to see the movie Redeeming Love, and I’ve posted many times how good and how wrecked the movie made me. Because of this, I want to do a little review on here because LIKE WOW. What a movie.
*Disclaimer: If you read on, there may be spoilers. While that is not my intent and I wouldn’t really call it spoilers– I do loosely allude to parts of the movie to draw parallels between it and the Christian faith.*
This is a movie based on the Christian fictional book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, which she wrote inspired by the book of Hosea in the Bible.
This faith based movie parallels the redemptive love of Christ to us, His children.
For females especially, this movie may bring you to tears. A female’s very core desire in her heart of hearts is to be desired and pursued endlessly regardless of any past, present, or future fault. It is to be known and loved–something only God, our Father, does perfectly.
This movie focuses on a woman with a dark, traumatic past for which she believes deems her unlovable and a faithful, God-fearing man who always seeks out what the Lord wants for His life. These two stories intertwine when this man asks/prays to the Lord for a companion in life. He wants a wife, and the woman that God presents is this woman who is currently a prostitute.
She is rescued and endlessly pursued by this faithful man, and as unclean as she believes she is, his love runs deeper. She believes she is unclean and runs from such a love, and this dynamic and relationship is followed throughout the movie.
It parallels the exact relationship between us and God. God knows us fully and loves us just the same. We are unclean with darkness, but the Lord doesn’t see us that way. As great as His love is, we often run away from such a love as we deem ourselves unworthy — something this woman protagonist does in the movie. For her in the movie and for humanity, it is all a little overwhelming, and it doesn’t always feel real or genuine. Regardless of how we feel about it, the Lord is constantly in pursuit. He is constantly laying His life down–>
no matter if we accept the love or not,
no matter if we let it redeem us or not,
no matter if we believe it or not,
the Lord, your God, loves you endlessly until the end of time.
This is the redeeming love offered to us. We just have to walk into it and say yes to Jesus.
And this movie’s depiction of such a selfless, redeeming love will bring you to tears.
I highly recommend, and I also hope you always know how loved you are. To be known fully and loved unconditionally — that’s the goal, and that’s what God provides.
If you do go to the movie, let me know your thoughts on here or on Instagram!
Also if you need someone to see it with, I will gladly go again!