So, I'm reposting my review of Gnomeo & Juliet . . . Okay, I have to admit, when I first heard of this movie I thought, "How lame." However; after watching it I am happy to say I absolutely love it! I enjoyed the humor, music and the story, but the thing I love the most is the strong messages about not judging others and choosing to forgive rather than hold on to a grudge.
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Watch this movie with your grandchildren and be sure to talk about the important messages you see in this story! Ask them if they have ever "held a grudge" against someone and share with them how Jesus teaches us to forgive and show grace to others. Talk about the dangers of judging others based on if they are "red" or "blue" . . . Gnomeo and Juliet would never have met each other and become friends if they had realized the "color" the other one was. Ask your grandchildren what Gnomeo and Juliet would have missed by judging the other without knowing who they really were. Share Matthew 5:43-48 with your grandchildren, "You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you." (The Message) Ask your grandchildren what they can do this week to live these verses and then pray with them asking God to hep them love others and show the best by "living generously and graciously towards others the way God lives toward them" !
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