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Disclaimer: I normally take Disney movies at face value, as purely entertainment. I only wrote this to show that what you look for is what you will find, and I looked for and found the good.
Ever since Frozen came out, many have argued that it has a gay rights hidden agenda. While it can be interpreted that way, the directors revealed the message is that love conquers negativity--more specifically, fear. That statement may apply to fear of homosexuals, but it made me see the movie from a different perspective--a Christian one, in fact.
When the king and queen bring Elsa to the troll leader, he tells her that "fear will be your enemy." Paul wrote, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear" (2 Timothy 1:7). Discouraging feelings do not come from God but from the devil, our biggest enemy, who seeks to destroy us.
Elsa leaves the kingdom to avoid hurting anyone, but she is still a danger because she still operates under fear. She must leave fear behind in order to control her powers. But she cannot do it alone. She does not learn to conquer her fear and use her powers for good until she experiences an act of true love first: when her sister, Anna, sacrifices herself to save Elsa. In the same way, we cannot overcome our fears and use our talents for good until we feel the love of our Savior, who sacrificed Himself for us. In fact, our ability to love comes from Him: "We love him, because he first loved us" (1 John 4:19, emphasis mine).
Anna's sacrifical act literally thaws her own frozen heart as well because "only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart." Everyone at first believes this to mean romantic love, but it ends up being selfless love, or charity:
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,This perfect love has the power to cast out fear (1 John 4:18), as it did in Elsa. This perfect love only comes from God (2 Timothy 1:7), for God is love (1 John 4:16). Therefore, only God can get rid of our fear through His abounding love. When we rely on God we have no reason to fear. "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?" wrote David. "The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1)
Charity never faileth . . . (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, emphasis mine).
By using the power of His infinite love, made manifest through the Atonement of His Son (John 3:16-17), we can overcome fear and be filled with charity, and our weaknesses can become strengths (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Challenge: Let the love of God cast out your fear and fill you with charity and strength.