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Is Cruise in control?

Tom faces danger as secret agent Ethan Hunt, writes Claire Brine

The truth is, actions have consequences

BRAWLING in Paris. Leaping between rooftops in London. Hanging from a helicopter in Kashmir. It’s all part of the job for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which was released at cinemas on Wednesday (25 July).

The adventure begins with a knock at Hunt’s door. The Impossible Missions Force agent receives a package. Hidden inside a fake copy of Homer’s Odyssey is a secret film, outlining Hunt’s latest mission – if he chooses to accept it.

The film tells him that Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) – who was captured by Hunt in a previous mission – is now the leader of a group of ‘hostiles’ known as the Apostles. Working in partnership with a shadowy figure, the group plan to destroy the world to bring forth a new, more peaceful order. Their intended method of destruction? Plutonium bombs.

Hunt’s mission becomes clear. He must prevent the Apostles from acquiring plutonium. But it’s not that easy. When an early attempt to nab some plutonium caps in Berlin goes very wrong, Hunt’s skill is called into question. Doubting his ability to complete the job successfully, the authorities assign him a colleague, agent August Walker (Henry Cavill).

Hunt and Walker head to Paris, where they bust Lane out of police custody, and Hunt finally sees him face to face. The leader of the Apostles has harsh words to say to him.

‘The end you always feared is coming,’ he taunts. ‘And the blood will be on your hands – the fallout of all your good intentions.’

Although Hunt is trying his best to save the world, his efforts might come to nothing. They may even backfire, resulting in the loss of countless innocent lives.

The truth is, actions have consequences – and not everything we do is with good intentions. If we tell a lie, the fallout may be that we have to keep on lying to cover our tracks. Or if we lash out at a loved one, they may reject us when we try to make amends.

When we make bad choices, the consequences often prove painful, humiliating and heartbreaking. And we know we are to blame. Perhaps we try to look for a solution to make things better but can’t find one. Perhaps we don’t know where to look.

Here’s the secret.

When we suffer the consequences of our own wrongdoing, we can find freedom in Jesus. His love for us means that when we say we are sorry, we can discover forgiveness for our past and strength for the future.

Our mistakes don’t have to define us for ever in God’s eyes. As the Bible puts it: ‘If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin’ (Romans 8:1, 2 Contemporary English Version).

Jesus’ love for us can never be destroyed. Because of him, finding forgiveness is very definitely possible.

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