Cinderella and Forgiveness

We watched Cinderella, the movie, this past weekend. I haven’t seen the animated version in probably 18 years so it had been awhile. What I remember about it is just the simple story of Cinderella being mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters. The prince searches for his one true love with only a glass slipper in his hand. She then finds ever-lasting happiness with the prince after trying on the glass slipper and showing him she is the one.

Maybe it’s because it was a movie (and not animated)  or maybe it’s because I hadn’t seen it in so long. Maybe it’s because it varied a little from what I remember. Maybe it’s because of where I am with my walk with God that this movie had more of an impact on me.

I would consider this movie a Christian movie. The story of overcoming tragedy. The story of doing whatever you do with joy and doing it to the best of your abilities, no matter how mistreated you are. The story of being true to who you are, being true to yourself. The story of others pretending to be who they are not. The story of forgiveness.

I can relate the scene where all the prince’s men are searching the kingdom for the one who lost the glass slipper to God searching for us.  God searching His entire kingdom for me, for you. For the ones that don’t know how great His love is for us.

One of my favorite scenes is toward the end of the movie. Cinderella looks into the mirror and the narrator says “there is no magic to help her this time. Perhaps this is the greatest risk any of us will ever take, to be seen as we truly are.” (I included this scene at the bottom.)

Love each other as we are. That’s how God loves each and everyone of us.

I don’t want to give away too much in case you haven’t seen it but I would highly recommend this movie. While you watch it, watch it through the eyes of a Christian.

Have courage and kindness and always believe in what could be.

Not forgiving someone is like you drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Non-forgiveness, hatred, anger will only destroy yourself.

It took me a long time to forgive but once I did my world changed. How many times have I needed forgiven? More than I count. What kind of person would I be if I chose not to forgive?

Is there someone you need to forgive today? Is that person YOURSELF?

I Forgive You Scene – 

Losing by Tenth Avenue North – 

Forgiveness by Matthew West – the story behind the song and the song live – 

Forgiveness by TobyMac (feat Lecrae) – 

Forgiven by Sanctus Real – 

Forgiveness by Beckah Shae – 

Forgive Me by John Waller – 

Forgiven by Skillet – 

Forgiven by Laura Story – 

Forgiveness by Collective Soul – 

Forgiveness by Chris Young – 

Heart of the Matter by Don Henley – 

All Has Been Forgiven by Mark Schultz – 

Forgive Yourself by Downhere – 

Come As You Are by Pocket Full Of Rocks – 

Forgive Me by Nural – 

Forgiven by Relient K – 

Long Road To Forgiveness by Melissa Greene – 

O God Forgive Us by For King and Country –