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Wedding   Lynn Hoffman / Blake Overby 10.23.99

Texts: Genesis 2.18-24; 1 Cor 13.4-8,13; Matthew 19.4-6

impt to make distinction between LUV and LOVE

basically diff between feeling and action

LUV as a feeling is okay, desirable BUT LUV is fickle

LOVE is an action and it is this love that is described in 1 Cor 13:

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

A goal of Xn life in general and Xn couple in particular is to have this love become natural but it always remains something we practice, choose to do: Love one another!

hard to do, but remember that w/ every command given by God, there is also a promise

What God has joined together, let no one put asunder.

-          command addressed to you and to all gathered here

-          promise: what God has joined together

I am convinced that it is God’s love that brings you to this day

God at work in the circumstances that brought you together;

and God will continue to be present with you in the midst of sickness and health and better and worse and all that the years may bring

today not only celebrate your marriage but also celebrate this love of God which is being manifested in your relationship.

we’re here not just bec you luv each other but also because, by the love of God, you can LOVE each other

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