“The best things in life are free.” That certainly can be true, but as always there is more to the story. Take love - the love that is between a husband and a wife as a for instance. While this love certainly should be free – freely given and freely received, it does have a maintenance schedule attached to it. Funny thing is, we never hear much about love’s maintenance schedule as it can be difficult, demanding and even daunting. The good news is that if we stick with the schedule, the results will literally last a lifetime and the love that we were freely given will have become a most valuable admired and cherished part of our lives! So, how do we get there? How do we learn what to do and how to do it so our love will last a lifetime?
We humans are built to long for love, commitment and longevity. We all want to be happy and for most that means being involved in a special relationship. We want “…and they all lived happily ever after!” for such an end is what dreams are made of. For a few, this may become their reality, but for most their reality sounds more like “and they lived tentatively ever after, never quite satisfied, but rather they were tolerant of their lot in life.” How do we avoid the tragedy of the last ending and find some of the “happily” of the first?
As Christians, we all have a sense of the sanctity of marriage. We all know that it is supposed to be ‘til death do us part, yet we also experience about as high a rate of divorce as the rest of our society. Does Jesus give us solid guidelines for marriage and divorce? Should Christians be involved in “no fault” divorces? Do you really have to stay married even if you are not happy? Stay with us as we look into this difficult, sensitive and very relevant matter!
Coming up this Thursday is a day to celebrate love and relationships. It is a day of chocolates, flowers, dinners out, cards, hugs and kisses. Yep, Valentine's Day! A day for saying "I love you" to that special person. But is it a day to celebrate marriage? Is that old stogy institution of marriage even relevant anymore? Shouldn't we just move forward - you know, modern times? Stay with us as we focus on love and marriage - that's right - marriage! It is the oldest and best God-given institution that the human race has ever had the privilege to celebrate!
Red is the color of passion. If you happened to have gone into a supermarket or department store over the last few weeks, you probably would have come across an aisle somewhere in the store that featured that color of passion, for everyone has been preparing for this day, this special day to celebrate the passions of the heart. Today is Valentine’s Day, the day that for centuries has reflected love and relationships. Today’s lesson looks at love, specifically in the context of marriage – what does it truly mean to be married? What does it offer us and what does it require of us? Marriage – ’til death do us part?