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A Lesson from Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

on January 29, 2014

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God, the blessed and only Ruler,
the King of kings and Lord of lords…

1 Timothy 6:15 (NIV)

One of my favorite movies is Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Who can resist the verdant English countryside and the lively characters?

Take Elinor Dashwood, for example. Emma Thompson played her in the Ang Lee film version as the more sedate and composed older sister. For most of the movie she hides her feelings about Edward and his apparent engagement to a woman trying to befriend her. Because it seems the right thing to do, Elinor makes promises to conceal information and, although it tears her apart inside, she keeps silent.

Her younger sister Miss Marianne (played by Kate Winslet) lives more openly, with a free-spirited passion. She feels deeply—and shows it in her words and actions. There is no denying she enjoys the company of her beau, the dashing John Willoughby, when she squeals with delight as he spins her in circles or takes her riding in his carriage.

Indeed, both women feel deeply, but each expresses her emotions in vastly different ways. Each woman’s heart was for the affection of a man to love and be loved in return. It was their goal and focus.

As Christian women, our hearts long for true and lasting love. We are to love others, yet we must love first the One who first loved us, Jesus Christ. Whether your personality is more like the passionate Marianne or the reserved Elinor, you can express your love for God in the way that best suits your character.

Ask yourself these questions and talk to God about them in prayer: Is Jesus the King of my Heart—is He first? Do I really know how much God loves me? How do I receive that love—and express my love for Him?

The most important words you can ever come to know are: God loves you. He doesn’t just tolerate you or put up with you. Out of that amazing love, God sent the world His Son, Jesus Christ. He came so we could understand true love. God longs to spend time with you. Truly, the King of your heart wants to be with you.

PRAYER: Lord, I choose You. Would you be the King of my heart? Reveal Your best plans for my life and bring glory to Your name. Teach me to receive your amazing love and give it out to others, too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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