Family Movie Devotionals: Frozen

“Let It Go!” Elsa sings. After years of hiding her ice powers, everyone finds out what she can do. She runs away into the mountain and uses her power freely. She feels free for the first time in forever. But Elsa’s troubles are not over yet. She has set off an eternal winter everywhere and needs to figure out how to undo it. After Anna sacrifices herself, Elsa learns that love is what will stop the eternal winter.

Elsa’s story can be a lot like our stories sometimes. We all have things we want to hide, that we want to break free from. None of us have ice powers. But we all have something called sin. Sin is when we do things our own way instead of God’s way. Sin separates us from God. Some examples of sin are lying, disobeying, hurting people, making fun of someone, and many other things. Everybody sins. But the good news is that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for our sins. He took the punishment we deserve. When we believe in Jesus, God no longer holds our sins against us.

But people who believe in Jesus still sin, and that sin still hurts the people around us. But there’s more good news! Jesus not only forgives us, He also helps us when we continue to sin. He is always making us more like Him, and He is perfect! The way Jesus wants us to turn away from our sin is a lot like Elsa’s journey in Frozen.

When we sin, we sometimes act like Elsa, who wore gloves and locked herself in her room. We try to pretend we haven’t done anything wrong. We feel shame or embarrassment. But when we believe in Jesus, he takes away our shame and embarrassment. The first step in turning away from our sin is to LET IT GO. We need to stop hiding our sin and confess. Confessing means that we tell God and another person that we have sinned. When we confess our sins, we can feel free!

In the Bible, it says, “If we walk in the light, as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:7-9).

Jesus will forgive us of our sins when we confess. Jesus also will help us walk in goodness with other Christians. After Elsa showed everyone she had powers, she still needed to make things right in the kingdom. Turning away from our sins also means asking the people we hurt for forgiveness, and doing what we can to make things right. For example, if you broke your friend's toy on purpose, the way to make it right is to apologize to them and get them a new toy. Like Elsa learned, the only thing that can melt our sin is love.

  • What sin do you have to confess?
  • What ways can Jesus help you turn away from that sin?