The Notebook

By Bindu Adai-Mathew

One of my favorite love stories is The Notebook. Okay, all you anti-chick flick chicks can now cringe, but even you must admit, rare is it that you read and/or see a book or movie where love is deeper than that initial romantic love/chemistry connection level. Most love stories these days are solely about that initial passion, chemistry, and I, a former fan of romance novels, am all for passion and chemistry…but what about love when the skin ages and age spots set in? What about love when you aren’t so love-able by the world’s standards?

 As I watched The Notebook years ago, I was reminded of what true love is. I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 13.

 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 We’ve all heard this passage recited at weddings. We may have even memorized it for Sunday School or Vacation Bible School. Or maybe it resides on a plaque in your home. But today, as you get annoyed or angry with a family member, a close friend, your spouse or significant other, meditate on that passage.

 Love is patient.

Love does not envy.

Love is not proud.

Love is not rude.

Love is not self-seeking.

Love is not easily angered. (gulp!)

Love keeps no record of wrongs. (double gulp!)

Love rejoices in truth.

Love always protects…always trusts…always perseveres.

 While this standard of love may be hard to live up to, remember that is exactly how God loves us.

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