One of my favorite movies of all-time is “A Walk to Remember”.* It’s a great story of a bad guy who falls for the good girl, and he turns his whole life around to be with her. In the movie Mandy Moore plays a character named Jamie Sullivan. As the movie goes on, we learn that Jamie is captured by the whole concept of love. The whole idea of love is so meaningful to her, in fact, her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Jamie knew what love was, and she taught Landon Carter (the bad boy, played by Shane West) what love is. But, she didn’t necessarily teach him what love is by getting him to read the scriptures. Landon learned what love was, because Jamie was love. She was a pure expression of the definition of love. The way she portrayed 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is how we are called as Christians to live our lives!
Actually, the way Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13, he makes it out as if love is the very centerpiece of Christianity. In verses 1-3 he says without love we are worth nothing.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
This is where I get around to the question; Are you love? This is a very important question to answer. Paul is saying that without love, if love is not in your heart, if you do not reflect the very essence of love, then nothing you do on this earth is worth anything. He basically says that without love you are a noisy and worthless creature that is without gain. He even says that love is above both faith and hope in verse 13.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
So, as you go through your daily walk with Christ, I encourage you to not only love everyone, but to be love. Be a reflection of the definition of love. Strive to be patient. Strive to be kind. Do not envy others. Do not boast in your own achievements. Don’t be arrogant or rude. Don’t insist in your own way (don’t be that guy that’s always right, even when you’re wrong). Don’t be irritable or resentful. Don’t rejoice in others wrongdoings, but do rejoice in the truth. Bear all things, believe all things, hope in all things, and endure all things. By doing this, it should become much easier to walk in the great commandment given to us by Christ in Matthew 22:37-39.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
*I understand that by admitting “A Walk to Remember” is one of my favorite movies, I may have lost respect among the male population. However, I will not waiver in my opinion.