Synopsis of Can Two Stay One?
Good and joyful morning this morning to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair and pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God; and today’s slice comes from:
John 13:31-38 As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for me, the Son of Man, to enter into my glory, and God will receive glory because of all that happens to me. 32 And God will bring me into my glory very soon. 33 Dear children, how brief are these moments before I must go away and leave you! Then, though you search for me, you cannot come to me – just as I told the Jewish leaders. 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” 36 Simon Peter said, “Lord, where are you going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me now, but you will follow me later.” 37 “But why can’t I come now, Lord?” he asked. “I am ready to die for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Die for me? No, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me. I want to emphasize verse 35 in the above… Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
There is a big difference between falling in love and staying in love. One takes a pulse and the other takes a commitment. Hollywood is really big on falling in love, but not so much on staying in love. The math of marriage is very simple, but it is also complex. In mathematics 1+1=2, but in marriage 1+1=1. As we have stated, Jesus made it plain that when two people get married the two become one flesh. In that message making two people one is what God does through marriage.
In the second part of today’s message we will deal with divorce and answered the question, “Can Two Become One?” In that part of the message we’ll made it plain that what is done by God, should not be undone by humanity without specific reasons.
Today, we are going to talk about love, because love answers the question, “How can two stay one?” Is it possible to stay in love after you fall in love? Some kids were asked the question, “How can a married couple stay in love?” Here are just a few answers. Tom, age 7 said – “Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work.” Roger, age 8 said this – “Don’t forget your wife’s name…it will mess up the love for sure.” Randy, age 8 said – “Give her a kiss; it will make her forget you don’t put out the trash.” Those are good pieces of advice, but obviously they are not enough. I can testify after 49 years of marriage, staying in love is not something that happens automatically, nor is it something that happens easily. Somebody described love as a three-ring circus: first comes the engagement ring; then comes the wedding ring; and then comes the suffering! And, yes, there is some of that also.
It is true that real love is how two can stay one, real love is the glue that holds a marriage together, real love is the foundation of any relationship that endure. But we will learn today that the love Jesus spoke about is not what you read about in a romantic novel or see in some Hollywood fairy tale.
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