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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*

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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)

A few weeks ago, people on the radio and television couldn’t let 5 minutes pass without talking about Britney Spears and her shocking marriage to Jason Alexander, a childhood friend. The questions were debated back and forth:

□ 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 , and the “Britney Spears” kind of love.

Let me write these four words here on the board:

- Storge (STOR-gay)

- Philos (PHIL-ahs)

- Eros (ER-ahs)


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