March 6, 2022

The Lie: Romantic love is all of love

Preacher:
Passage: 1 John 5:21 (NIV)

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21 (NIV)

The lie:  Romantic love is all of love

The truth:  Romantic love is only one aspect of love intended to be experienced in a God defined relationship 

Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 1 Corinthians 7:1-2 (NIV)

I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. 1 Corinthians 7:7 (NIV)

God’s gift of love is so much more…

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  1 Corinthians 13:1-8 (NIV)

The challenging question:  Do I trust that God’s way of love is the best way for me?

Link to Live Not By Lies Study

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