Summary: Compares real love with "Britney-love" (the 55-hour-marriage in Las Vegas" kind of love) to discover the differences. What does the Bible say is the foundation of built-to-last relationships? *HANDOUT*
1Co 13:1 ¶ Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Building Great Relationships:
The Necessity of Love in Relationships (I Cor. 13:1-3)
□ was this a joke that went too far?
□ did they really love each other?
□ would the marriage last?
The questions were (mostly) answered 55 hours later, when the marriage was officially annulled. In fact, I have a copy of the annulment papers that I located on the internet. (*www.thesmokinggun.com) [Hold them up – they will become a symbol of what I’m going to call “Britney-love”.]
Now the story is circulating that Ms. Spears might have paid Jason Alexander $500,000 to annul the marriage. (Let’s see, that adds up to a little over $10,000 PER HOUR!)
Contrast that with:
My parents - Married for 25 years, both of them their first marriage.
My grandparents on my mom’s side - about 60 years, first marriage
My grandparents on my dad’s side - 60 years, first marriage.
I know, some of you probably look at me like. . . OK, you’ve been married for 1 ½ years. What do you know about love and marriage? Well, I haven’t been married for very long – but I come from a family history of committed, happy marriages, and I’ve learned quite a bit from watching them.
I’ve also learned a good bit from the One who designed marriage. . . the One who first said, “It is not good that man should be alone...” I’ve read and studied his MANUAL extensively, and everything I share with you will be based, NOT on what I think, but on what God thinks.
THE FOUR LOVES:
This month, we’re going to be looking into I Corinthians 13, what is commonly called the “Love Chapter”. It’s called that because the word “LOVE” is used 8 times in this chapter.
Now here’s an interesting fact I want to share with you. Did you know that the word we call “love” in English is actually translated from four different Greek words for love.
I want to mention this, because I want to show you the difference between the “God” kind of love
Let me write these four words here on the board:
- Storge (STOR-gay)
- Philos (PHIL-ahs)
- Eros (ER-ahs)