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Is there anyone you harbor a grudge for because of something they did to you or someone you love? Things happen to all of us in our lives that cause us hard feelings, make us mad or just plain bewilder us. People aren’t perfect, they make mistakes. I would guess that most of the time, when someone hurts someone else, they don’t do it on purpose. What do you think? I was given the opportunity to watch a movie that covers just this topic and I wanted to share my Just Let Go Review with all of you.
Just Let Go is based on the true life experience of Chris Williams, after his family is hit by a drunk driver and his pregnant wife and two of his children are killed. It goes through the time period after the accident and how he deals with the tragedy that has become his life. Can you imagine? How would you deal with that and raise your two remaining children? That would be such a hard thing to do.
The Savior counseled, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). But how do we do it? I believe that with His help, you can forgive even the most horrible things you can imagine.
The message of this movie is one of forgiveness and Chris Williams’ journey to do just that, forgive the person who killed his family. “It has allowed a terrible tragedy … to be turned into, in many aspects, a tremendous blessing. That has been one of the most fascinating things to experience,” Williams said in a interview with the Deseret News. “To see the lives blessed since the crash, it has been overwhelming how many positive things have come from it.”
This movie made me think about the events of my life and if there is anyone I haven’t forgiven. The movie was entertaining and heart wrenching. It was well done. It was uncomfortable. In the end, it was enlightening. I’m really glad that I was asked to review it. When my husband and I finished watching the movie, he said, “I don’t know if I could forgive him.” That is the whole point isn’t it? To make us think and imagine what we would do in Chris’s position. I don’t think anyone really knows what they would do, unless they have been in that position. It’s an interesting thing to think about.
There is a challenge included in the movie called The Forgiveness Challenge. The goal is to forgive one person per week. Are there people in your life that you should forgive? I’ve been thinking on that this morning. I’d hate to meet Jesus and to not have forgiven someone I should have forgiven. He is the ultimate forgiver though, isn’t he? While hanging on the cross, some of His final words, referring to the Roman soldiers, were “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) What a sacrifice He made for us. Shouldn’t we try to be link Him?
What are your thoughts?
This movie is Rated PG-13 for accident images and thematic material and runs 106 minutes.