Summary: A wedding sermon on the permanency and power of love.

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1 Corinthians 13 & Proverbs 30:18-19

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.

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