Summary: A wedding sermon on the permanency and power of love.
A LOVE THAT LASTS A LIFE TIME
Sermon Objective: A wedding sermon on the permanency and power of love.
My, oh my! Rob and Anna, I have been looking forward to this day. I know you have too. I believe God has wonderful things in store for you as a couple … a life that is meaningful and enriches the lives of those around you. I believe God’s hand is already on you and the life’s legacy you will leave will be beyond your wildest imagination.
And I believe that because I see your love for each other and your love for our Lord Jesus. In fact, it is only as your love reflects the love of Christ that your life will take on a deeper meaning than the superficial sentimentality that often masquerades as love.
Rob, I have watched the way you look at Anna and the way you treat her. It reminds me of the words of the writer in Proverbs which said, "There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden” (Proverbs 30:18-19). I know from watching you that you desire to love Anna as Christ loves His church and to serve her from a genuine posture of sacrifice and preference.
Anna, I have heard you talk about Rob. I know your love for him expresses itself in admiration and respect. I know you will prove to be a wonderful companion and that you genuinely desire to bless him and serve him.
I also know that, undoubtedly, you both have fears and questions. Some you have expressed. Some are kept hidden deep inside and you are afraid to bring them to the surface. Some of that is normal and some of those are the seeds of an enemy already attempting to thwart the oneness … the union … that God has in store for you.
I want to impart God’s peace and assurance to you today. I want to assure you that love can last for a lifetime … in fact it was designed to last for a lifetime.
“Psychology Today Magazine” had a very timely an article in their June 2010 volume. The title of the article was “Can Love Last a Lifetime?” and their answer was Yes! Here is a thoroughly secular source that has recently changed its position and discovered that love need not fade and need not disappear. Previously they said love would almost all but vanish within ten years of a marriage but now they say otherwise. Of course, most people already knew this and PT is a few millennia behind the curve but, none-the-less, they now say even science proves love can last.
Using brain scans, researchers at Stony Brook University here in New York have discovered that couples who have been married 20 plus years respond with as much passion towards each other as young couples in the early throes of romance.
You see, the first flush of infatuation, and the temporary intoxication that comes with a new and highly emotional relationship really can pave the way for a life of deepening commitment and growing love. And that is especially true for people of faith who have the model of Christ to emulate.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 is sometimes seen as the ideal portrait of love - a love that means all is well and there are no problems. But that is far from the truth. This famous passage on love, reflects the kind of love Jesus has for His people and that love is pock-marked with scars of sacrifice and selfless devotion. Jesus’ love for you, as you are aware, cost him dearly; but He knows you are worth it. That is the model of love that you have for each other. If you make the love-style of this chapter your love style, your marriage can last forever and continue to deepen and grow until your final days.
Maybe I should pause and read the chapter to you …
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.