Summary: 1- What’s love got to do with marriage? 2- What’s love got to do with raising kids? 3- What’s love got to do with life?
INTRO.- ILL.- A man called the police and reported that all of his wife’s credit cards had been stolen. Then he added, "But don’t look too hard for the thief. He’s charging less than my wife ever did."
ILL.- Someone said: The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.
ILL.- A man was once boasting to an acquaintance, "We have a whole room full of furniture from France that goes back to Louis the 14th." "That’s nothing," replied the other. "We’ve got a whole house full of furniture from Sears that goes back to Harry on the first."
8Let no debt remain outstanding.
What does this mean? It means pay your debts. Pay your bills. Don’t try to get out of paying them. Does this mean that you can’t charge anything and pay it off? No, it doesn’t, but it does mean that whatever you charge, you should pay for it.
ILL.- TWO lawyers were in a bank, when armed robbers suddenly burst in. While several of the robbers took money from the tellers, others lined the customers, including the lawyers, up against a wall, and proceeded to take their wallets, watches, etc.
While this was going on, lawyer number one jammed something in lawyer number two’s hand. Without looking down, lawyer number two whispered, "What is this?" To which lawyer number one replied, "It’s that $250 I owe you."
That’s a dirty trick but it’s also a dirty trick to try and get out of indebtedness!
While none of us like having indebtedness and paying bills, it seems like they will always be with us to some extent. But here is the main thought of the text.
8Let no debt remain outstanding, EXCEPT the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
The one debt that we will never fully pay back is the debt of love to all mankind. We will owe this debt until the day we die. And while we live, we must pay this debt as often as possible, as much as possible, and to all who come our way.
The title of this message is, "What’s Love got to do with it?" Where does this come from? It’s Tina Turner’s big single hit that came out in 1984 and we presume that she was talking about her relationship to her former husband, Ike Turner, who recently passed away from drug overdose. Perhaps that was how she truly felt about their relationship: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? Perhaps love had nothing to do with their relationship, but it should have a lot to do with it.
PROP.- Let’s think about this continuing debt of love that we must pay.
1- What’s love got to do with marriage?
2- What’s love got to do with raising kids?
3- What’s love got to do with life?
I. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH MARRIAGE?
Eph. 5:25-26 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word."
Eph. 5:28 "In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself."