Sunday, 20 July 2008

Yet Another Short Wedding Sermon with Reference to Mark 10.6-9 and 1 Corinthians 13

Today we all get to witness a mystery. Travis and Stephanie are about to be made one flesh before our very eyes by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. From this day Travis and Stephanie will be one in a way they have not hitherto been. They will be one in a way God designed from the beginning of creation. They will be one in the way Jesus Christ, Saviour, is one with His Bride, which is the Church, of which this place, and the people who worship here. are a part.

How did that happen? Through love, love like the love we heard about in 1 Corinthians 13, only better, perfect, steadfast, ultimately expressed by a body surrendered and a life given up on a cross for Travis and Stephanie and for all of us.

Is it possible to live that kind of love out in a marriage?

A nuptual paraphrase of I Cor 13:

If I know exactly what to say so my mate understands exactly what I mean, but have not love, what I say is just noise.

If I know exactly what men or women really want, but have not love, I am nothing but a waste of space.

If give everything I have to my mate whenever he or she wants, but have not love, I will gain nothing.

The following are interchangeable between husbands and wives:

A husband is patient and kind, does not envy his wife for the things she can do better than him, does not boast about what he can do better than her, does not think he is better than her in any way.

A wife is not put her husband down, does not manipulate her husband to get her own way, does not get angry with husband easily, and does not remember and collect her husband’s every thoughtless act, or lack of action.

Husbands and wives always protect one another, trust one another, hope in one another, and persevere in their relationship with one another.

Mutual Love, so expressed, never fails.